Diabetes Related Eye Problems

Maintaining Good Eye Health over 50 The best chance to help safe-guard your vision is to detect issues early with regular eye examinations. Between examinations, if you notice a change in your vision, or your eyes are injured in any way, contact your eye doctor as soon as possible. Remember, if you are over 50 years old, you should have an eye exam every year. Eye health may also

Diabetes Related Eye Problems

Treatment for Diabetes-Related Eye Problems Preventive measures are the best ways to avoid eye problems associated with diabetes. Here are a few steps to follow: Have regular eye exams: visiting your eye care professional for regular check ups is the first step in supporting the health of your eyes Keep your blood glucose and blood pressure as normal as possible: high blood sugar and high blood pressure are high

Diabetes Related Eye Problems

Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy At first, you may not experience any symptoms – the type of damage that is most commonly associated with diabetes happens gradually, and may not necessarily be noticed. If you have diabetes you should have your eyes examined regularly to help identify any eye health issues early. You may experience symptoms that vary depending on the eye issue you have, including: Eye floaters Blurred vision

Diabetes Related Eye Problems

Having type 1 or type 2 diabetes may put you at risk for common diabetes-related eye problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic macular edema (DME), and diabetic retinopathy (damage to blood vessels that lead to the retina), which may lead to retinal detachment. What Causes Diabetic Retinopathy? In most cases, diabetes affects the eyes because high blood sugar and hypertension (high blood pressure) can damage the tiny blood vessels in

What are itchy eyes?

When we say we have itchy eyes, we actually mean that we have an irritation of the eye lid/s, usually around the eyelash area but it can also be an irritation of the clear membrane that covers the eye. Itchy eyes are often a symptom of another condition. Who is affected by itchy eyes? Nearly everyone has itchy eyes now and again and they are usually nothing to worry

By |February 17th, 2020|

What is a detached retina?

Retinal detachment is when your retina, the thin layer at the back of your eye, peels away from the back of your eye. Before the retina detaches you may see flashes and/or floaters. You should contact your optometrist straight away if you notice: a sudden increase in floaters, particularly if you also notice flashing lights a new, large floater a change in floaters or flashing lights after you have

By |February 10th, 2020|

What is visual disturbance?

Visual disturbance is when you experience a short spell of flashing or shimmering of light in your sight. The symptoms normally last around twenty minutes before your sight returns to normal. Usually, there is no headache during the visual disturbance. A visual disturbance should not be confused with a retinal or ocular migraine where there is a partial or total loss of vision in one eye, normally with a

By |February 3rd, 2020|

January Diet Month. Eat Healthy for Good Eyesight

Beef Beef is rich in zinc, which has been linked to better long-term eye health. Zinc can help delay age-related sight loss and macular degeneration. The eye itself contains high levels of zinc, particularly in the retina, and the vascular tissue surrounding the retina. Meats such as chicken breast and pork loin also contain zinc, but at lower levels than beef.  Very important: Always make sure you discuss and

By |January 27th, 2020|

January Diet Month. Eat Healthy for Good Eyesight

Sweet Potatoes Like carrots, sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene. They are also a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E.  Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician. For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us: McKenna & Scott Pinelands Tel: 021 531 1953 pinelands@mckennascott.com

By |January 20th, 2020|

January Diet Month. Eat Healthy for Good Eyesight

Carrots Carrots are rich in both Vitamin A and beta carotene. Beta carotene gives carrots their orange color. Vitamin A plays an essential role in vision. It is a component of a protein called rhodopsin, which helps the retina to absorb light. Research backs up that your body needs this nutrient to make vitamin A.  Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care

By |January 13th, 2020|

January Diet Month. Eat Healthy for Good Eyesight

Leafy green vegetables Leafy green vegetables are rich in both lutein and zeaxanthin and are also a good source of eye-friendly vitamin C. Well-known leafy greens include: spinach broccoli cabbage turnips kale collards  Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician. For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us: McKenna &

By |January 6th, 2020|

Festive Season Eyecare Tips

Is too much screen time bad for kids? During your holidays your kids may spend a lot more time in front of their tablets, computers and mobile phones. CNN published an alarming article in November 2019 claiming that a research found that kids screentime in the USA had doubled in the past year. Children and their phones are inseparable today, and all that reading and playing games on their

By |December 30th, 2019|

Festive Season Eyecare Tips

Do children need sunglasses? Yes, they absolutely do. Damage to eyes from exposure to the suns harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation is cumulative over our lifetime. Because kids spend much more time outdoors than most adults do, sunglasses that block 100 percent UV are especially important for children. Some experts estimate that up to half of a person's lifetime exposure to UV radiation occurs by age 18. If this is

By |December 23rd, 2019|

Festive Season Eyecare Tips

Consider making your Holiday easier with Photochromic lenses such as Transitions and other light-adaptive lenses Photochromic lenses are eyeglass lenses that are clear (or nearly clear) indoors and darken automatically when exposed to sunlight. Other terms sometimes used for photochromic lenses include "light-adaptive lenses" and "variable tint lenses." The most popular brand of photochromic lenses is Transitions Lenses  (Transitions Optical). Because of this, some people — including some eye

By |December 16th, 2019|

Festive Season Eyecare Tips

Practical tips for protecting your eyes in the sun while on holiday Wear good quality sunglasses – choose ones that block 100 per cent of UV rays and most HEV rays. Beware, do not confuse the darkness of the tint with the level of protection. Choose sunglasses that have wide or wrap around legs with a close fit to ensure maximal protection. Wear a wide brimmed hat- this will

By |December 9th, 2019|

Expert Common-Sense Advice For Driving Safely

Minimize the risks of driving at night as you get older by planning your trips before you leave home. Drive only on streets you know, and avoid dark, unlighted roadways. Limit your trips to places you can easily reach and that are close to home. Avoid risky spots like ramps and left turns. Plan for extra driving time if conditions are bad, and don't drive if you are stressed

By |December 2nd, 2019|

Don’t mess around with eye safety

Spending more time outside often means more outdoor work and play. Whether mowing the lawn, trimming weeds or playing baseball, always wear the proper protective eyewear. More than half of all eye injuries occur at home, yet only about one out of every three people wears eye protection when they should. Don’t be an eye injury statistic!   Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your

By |November 25th, 2019|

Get Your Eyes Summer-Ready

Keep dry eye at bay. Spending time outside when it is hot, dry or windy can irritate a common condition called dry eye. A hot, dry environment affects the tear film, drying out the eye’s surface. To protect your eyes in these conditions, wear wrap-around glasses to keep wind from your eye’s surface. Also, use artificial tears (preferably those that are preservative-free) to keep eyes moist and refreshed.  Very

By |November 18th, 2019|

Prevent “swimmer’s eye” in the pool.

Prevent “swimmer’s eye” in the pool. Pools can be tough on the eyes. Chemicals used to keep the water clean, such as chlorine, can affect the natural tear film that keeps our eyes moist and healthy. The result? Red, gritty-feeling eyes and blurry vision. Keep eyes feeling and looking good by wearing swim goggles in the pool, and splash your closed eyes with fresh water immediately after getting out

By |November 11th, 2019|

Get Your Eyes Summer-Ready

Avoid getting a “sunburn of the eye.” When sunlight shines off water, sand or other highly reflective surfaces into your eyes, it can cause a very painful condition called photokeratitis. This is when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays burn the surface of your eye. Pain, redness, blurriness and even temporary vision loss are symptoms of this condition. Prevent photokeratitis by wearing sunglasses that are marked “100% UV protection.” Also,

By |November 4th, 2019|

Digital Eye Strain Month

Modify your workstation. If you need to look back and forth between a printed page and your computer screen, place the written pages on a copy stand adjacent to your screen. Light the copy stand properly. You may want to use a desk lamp, but make sure it doesn't shine into your eyes or onto your computer screen. Poor posture also contributes to computer vision syndrome. Adjust your workstation

By |October 28th, 2019|

Digital Eye Strain Month

Exercise your eyes. Another cause of computer eye strain is focusing fatigue. To reduce your risk of tiring your eyes by constantly focusing on your screen, look away from your computer at least every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object (at least 20 feet away) for at least 20 seconds. Some eye doctors call this the "20-20-20 rule." Looking far away relaxes the focusing muscle inside the eye

By |October 21st, 2019|

Digital Eye Strain Month

Upgrade your display. If you have not already done so, replace your old tube-style monitor (called a cathode ray tube or CRT) with a flat-panel LED (light-emitting diode) screen with an anti-reflective surface. Old-fashioned CRT screens can cause a noticeable "flicker" of images, which is a major cause of computer eye strain. Even if this flicker is imperceptible, it still can contribute to eye strain and fatigue during computer

By |October 14th, 2019|

LENSES TO PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM HARMFUL BLUE LIGHT

WHAT IS BLUE LIGHT? Blue light is naturally produced by the sun but also by computer monitors, smartphone screens and other digital devices. In addition to these, blue light is produced by LED and fluorescent lights, and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Blue light is essential in maintaining your sleep and wake cycle, mood and keeping your memory sharp. WHY WE NEED BLUE LIGHT LENSES OR GLASSES? Blue light is everywhere

By |October 9th, 2019|

Digital Eye Strain Month

Get a comprehensive eye exam. Having a routine comprehensive eye exam is the most important thing you can do to prevent or treat computer vision problems. If you haven't had an eye exam in over a year, schedule a visit today. During your exam, be sure to tell your optometrist how often you use a computer and digital devices at work and at home. Measure how far your eyes

By |October 7th, 2019|