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Eye Health
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 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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Eye Health
April 5, 2016

A clear vision: glasses or contact lenses?

Did you squint when you read the headline? You may need your vision corrected – it’s time to go and see an optometrist. (more…)
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Eye Health
September 25, 2015

What happens during an eye check-up?

Reading, writing and researching is part of being a student. It’s great for your future career, but it’s going to take its toll on your eyes – when was the last time you had your eyes tested? (more…)
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Eye Health
September 24, 2015

What is pink eye?

Conjunctivitis, commonly known as “Pink eye”, is basically what medically refers to any sort of inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye. The conjunctiva is the outer, wet surface of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids. (more…)
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Eye Health
September 9, 2014

Taking care of your contacts

Contact lenses are right up there in the list of inventions that have made our lives better – think about it: no misting-up in the rain, an unobstructed view, and you can wear any sunglasses you like! (more…)
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