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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 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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Healthy Lifestyle
July 5, 2017

5 Deadly conditions without symptoms

No symptoms, no problem? Think again. Some of the most dangerous diseases are symptomless. Beware of these stealthy conditions. Hypertension It’s often called the "silent disease" as it has no indicators. “Many people may have hypertension for years without knowing it, which is why it’s so dangerous,” says Dr Stan Moloabi, Executive Healthcare Manager at the Government Employees Medical Scheme. If your blood pressure is extremely high, you may get severe headaches, chest pain, and dizzy spells. Other symptoms include fatigue, vision problems, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, and frequent nosebleeds. The only way to know you have hypertension is with…
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blindness
Eye Health
March 4, 2015

What it’s like to see through an eye condition

Blindness affects many people across the world. While some eye diseases occur from birth, others can be hereditary, or can come about through lifestyle. What you might not know is that certain eye conditions have different effects on your vision. For example, glaucoma starts off with the loss of peripheral vision, whereas cataracts causes ones vision to blur. Here are four of the most common eye diseases, and what the world might look like for those with any of these conditions. (more…)
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