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November 30, 2018

How to avoid the dangers associated with wearing contact lenses

You finally have a pair of contact lenses, yay! Now you can swap them with your spectacles when you go out with your friends. Before you say goodbye to your spectacles though, there are a few health risks to contact lenses that you should know. Contact lenses are a convenient alternative to spectacles, but if you don’t care for them properly, they can put your eyes at risk for certain eye infections. Symptoms of an eye irritation or infection may include: Blurred vision Unusual redness An itchy or burning feeling Unusual sensitivity to light Swelling Pain Excessive tearing and discharge…
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Eye Health
October 22, 2018

Warning signs of serious eye problems

As you get older, you may experience age-related eye problems. This is why it’s important to have regular eye checks to help avoid vision problems and minimise permanent loss.  While many eye problems can develop at any age, they’re more common as you get older and in those who have a family history of eye conditions. The most common of these include a detached retina or rapid onset of glaucoma. Unfortunately, ageing also increases your risk for certain types of sight-threatening eye conditions that can lead to blindness. Globally, over 250 million people live with vision impairment, says the World…
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Eye Health
October 22, 2018

Don’t skimp on your sunglasses!

The summer sun is here! Which means you’re going to need some cool shades for the beach. But don’t be tempted to grab the cheapest ones you can find – your precious peepers could be at risk. Cheap sunglasses are cheap because the stylish frame is pretty much all that’s on offer. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are known for causing sunburns and skin cancers, but these dangerous rays can harm your eyes too. While UV rays are invisible to the human eye, over-exposure can damage your eyes, causing conditions that affect your vision. Most cheap sunglasses don’t offer protection against UV…
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Eye Health
July 16, 2018

Why are my eyes puffy?

No-one enjoys waking up with puffy eyes. Now, imagine puffy, sore, inflamed, sticky eyelids. Yikes. Blepharitis is a condition where there’s inflammation around the base of your eyelashes. It can produce clumping and stickiness around the eyelashes, along with swollen eyelids. This condition usually starts when the tiny glands found near the bottom of the eyelid becomes clogged. This leaves you with irritated and red eyes. Signs: Watery, red eyes. A burning or stinging feeling in the eyes. Eyelids that appear oily. Red, itchy, swollen eyelids. Flaking of the skin around the eyes. Crusted eyelashes. Eyelid sticking together. More frequent…
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Eye Health
March 7, 2018

Why are your eyes watering?

Your eyes are watering again! Is it the wind, allergies, or something else? Here’s what you need to know. Tears have different functions in your body: they keep your eyes lubricated, wash away dust and help with emotional release when you cry. They are an important part of your immune system and help protect against infection. There are glands under the skin of your upper eyelids called lacrimal glands, which produce tears made of salt and water. When you blink, tears spread to keep your eyes moist. Some of the glands produce oils that keep your tears from evaporating too…
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Eye Health
October 14, 2017

Glaucoma: The #1 Cause of Preventable Blindness

Fact: Glaucoma is the number one cause of preventable blindness in developed countries, but what is it, and what causes it? Glaucoma actually refers to a group of diseases which affect the optic nerves in the eye. As the nerve fibres die, it impacts a person’s peripheral (side) vision first. This is why visual loss can be extensive before the problem is detected, at which any damage done is often permanent. What Causes Glaucoma? At the back of the eyeball is the optic nerve, and this carries signals from the eye to the brain and back again. Glaucoma damages this…
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Eye Health
August 22, 2017

How to beat the odds and not go blind

Glaucoma is one of the most sneaky causes for blindness. It is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve from an abnormal increase of pressure in the eye, and most of us don’t even know if we have it! The optic nerve is vital for vision as it carries information from the eye to the brain. Damage to this nerve can be harmful to your eyesight. In the case of glaucoma, this damage leads to irreversible vision loss and eventually, blindness. What are the symptoms? Glaucoma progresses slowly and silently over the years, so by the time…
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Eye Health
June 23, 2017

How ageing affects your eyesight

Can’t see as well as you used to? Blame it on ageing. Like other parts of your body, your eyes lose their power as you age. Here's what to look-out for, and how you can treat age-related complications. Presbyopia is the condition where you cannot see close objects or small print clearly. This is a normal, gradual process, but you may not notice any change until the age of 40. If you’re affected by presbyopia you may hold reading materials at arm’s length. You may have headaches or complain of tired eyes while reading or doing other close work. Presbyopia…
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Eye Health
April 8, 2017

Your computer could be giving you dry eye syndrome

This rather unfamiliar condition is synonymous with red, itchy eyes and is becoming more widespread in the digital age. As we spend more time in front of our screens, we place unnecessary strain on our eyes as we jump from our computers to our phones to our televisions. Dry eye syndrome is predominantly caused by a lack of moisture in the eye, dust particles in the air and infrequent blinking which usually happens when you stare at a screen for too long. Understanding dry eye would be a lot easier if we thoroughly understood normal tear function. To date, many…
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Eye HealthHealthy Lifestyle
January 23, 2017

What you can do today, to save your eyes tomorrow

You stare at bright screens all day and well into the night. Whether it’s from gaming, typing, or texting, your eyes are glued to a screen for hours on end – and this is not good for your eyesight. You may have 20/20 vision right now, but you may not always be so lucky. Here’s what you need to keep your eyes peeled for! Cataracts can affect you at any age. Talk to a Doctor now about how to recognise the signs and symptoms. (more…)
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