August 8, 2019
How this blind woman overcame her struggle
This is how the blind South African motivational speaker and author Lois Strachan found extraordinary ways of seeing without the use of her eyes.Read More
May 13, 2019
What to do about that painful bump in your eyelid
Do you have a bump or swelling on your eyelid? Don’t worry, it’s probably just a chalazion (the plural is chalazia), a small bump that forms on the eyelid.Read More
May 12, 2019
Why are my eyelids twitching?
Ever noticed how your eyelid twitches sometimes? Don’t worry, it’s very common. An eyelid twitch, also known as myokymia, is a repetitive involuntary spasm in the eyelid muscles. The twitch usually occurs in your upper lid, but it can also happen in the lower lids.Read More
May 3, 2019
What are those floaty things in your eye?
Ever noticed little specks or blobs floating in your eyes? These are called, appropriately enough, floaters, and they usually drift away when your eyes stop moving. But why are they there?Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More