Eyes over 40 | Presbyopia

What Causes Presbyopia? Presbyopia is caused by an age-related process. This differs from astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness, which are related to the shape of the eyeball and are caused by genetic and environmental factors. Presbyopia generally is believed to stem from a gradual thickening and loss of flexibility of the natural lens inside your eye. These age-related changes occur within the proteins in the lens, making the lens harder

By |November 13th, 2017|

Eyes over 40 | Presbyopia

Presbyopia is the normal loss of near focusing ability that occurs with age. Most people begin to notice the effects of presbyopia sometime after age 40, when they start having trouble seeing small print clearly — including text messages on their phone. You can't escape presbyopia, even if you've never had a vision problem before. Even people who are nearsighted will notice that their near vision blurs when they

By |November 6th, 2017|

Dry Eyes may not be 100% curable

Dry eye syndrome is a chronic and typically progressive condition. Depending on its cause and severity, it may not be completely curable. But in most cases, dry eyes can be managed successfully, usually resulting in noticeably greater eye comfort, fewer dry eye symptoms, and sometimes sharper vision as well. Because dry eye disease can have a number of causes, a variety of treatment approaches are used so please consult

By |October 30th, 2017|

Computer Ergonomics for super healthy vision

Anyone who uses a computer for prolonged periods, whether on the job, at school or at home for enjoyment, is at risk for headaches, burning eyes, red eyes, a stiff neck and other symptoms that comprise computer vision syndrome (CVS). Prolonged computer work also can cause physical stress that eventually could lead to a disability. Here's the good news: You can reduce computer-related discomfort by becoming more aware of

By |October 23rd, 2017|

Did you know Blue Light can be very bad for your eyes?

Did you know Blue Light can be very bad for your eyes? Stepping outdoors into sunlight; flipping on a wall switch indoors; turning on your computer, phone or other digital device — all of these things result in your eyes being exposed to a variety of visible (and sometimes invisible) light rays that can have a range of effects. Most people are aware that sunlight contains visible light rays

By |October 16th, 2017|

FAQ/s on Computer Eye Strain

Q: What are the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)? A: If you or your child spend more than two hours per day in front of a computer screen, it's likely you will experience some degree of computer vision syndrome. Symptoms of CVS include: • Headaches • Loss of focus • Burning eyes • Tired eyes • Red eyes • Double vision • Eye twitching • Blurred vision •

By |October 9th, 2017|

5 ways to avoid Computer Eye Strain

5 ways to avoid Computer Eye Strain With so many of us using computers at work, computer eye strain has become a major job-related complaint. Studies show that eye strain and other bothersome visual symptoms occur in 50 to 90 percent of computer workers. These problems can range from physical fatigue, decreased productivity and increased numbers of work errors, to minor annoyances like eye twitching and red eyes. 1.

By |October 2nd, 2017|

Colour Blindness Month. | Living with Colour Vision Deficiency

Colour blind people face many difficulties in everyday life which normally sighted people are just not aware of. Problems can arise in even the most simple of activities including choosing and preparing food, gardening, sport, driving a car and selecting clothing. Colour blind people can also find themselves in trouble because they haven’t been able to pick up a change in someone’s mood by a change in colour of

By |September 25th, 2017|

Colour Blindness Month. | Diagnosis & Treatment

Colour blindness can be difficult to detect, particularly in children with inherited colour vision deficiency as they may be unaware that they have any problems with their colour vision. A child with a severe condition such as deuteranopia may seemingly be able to accurately identify colours which they can’t see (e.g. red) because they have been taught the colour of objects from an early age and will know for

By |September 18th, 2017|

Colour Blindness Month. | Acquired Colour Vision Defects (not inherited)

Chronic illnesses which can lead to colour blindness include Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes mellitus, glaucoma, leukaemia, liver disease, chronic alcoholism, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, sickle cell anaemia and retinitis pigmentosa. Accidents or strokes that damage the retina or affect particular areas of the brain/eye can lead to colour blindness. Medications such as antibiotics, barbiturates, anti-tuberculosis drugs, high blood pressure medications and several medications to treat nervous disorders may

By |September 11th, 2017|

Colour Blindness Month. | What is colour blindness?

Colour (color) blindness (colour vision deficiency, or CVD) affects approximately 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1 in 200 women in the world. Men are more prone to colour blindness. There are different causes of colour blindness. For the vast majority of people with deficient colour vision the condition is genetic and has been inherited from their mother, although some people become colour blind as a result of other

By |September 4th, 2017|

Severe Vision Errors and Corrective Eye Surgery for Older People

If you are 40 or older or have severe vision problems, you may want to discuss these options with your eye surgeon: (Please read our previous article about LASIK vs PKR Surgery options) Monovision. With this approach, LASIK may be used to correct one eye for distance vision and the other eye for near vision as a solution for presbyopia, a focusing problem that affects all people beginning at

By |August 28th, 2017|

Is Corrective Eye Surgery Procedure Right for You?

Because our eyes change as we age, the type of laser eye surgery or other vision correction we need also may change. Certain approaches to LASIK or other procedures that work well for younger adults, for example, may be inappropriate for older individuals. (Read our previous article on the difference between LASK & PRK eye surgery) A LASIK surgeon uses what's called an “excimer” laser to reshape the cornea. Most people

By |August 21st, 2017|

Corrective eye surgery | Here’s an introduction

Until contact lenses were popularized in the 1950s, eyeglasses for at least the past seven centuries had been the only practical way to correct refractive vision errors. Nowadays, several modern approaches to corrective eye surgery range from laser reshaping of the eye's surface in procedures such as LASIK and PRK to surgical insertion of artificial lenses to correct eyesight. In LASIK, PRK, and similar procedures, laser energy reshapes the curvature

By |August 14th, 2017|

New to Contact Lenses? | Here are some basic Q&A’s

New to Contact Lenses?  |  Here are some basic Q&A’s How long does it take to get used to them? It depends on the type of contact lenses you choose. Most people get used to soft (hydrogel or silicone hydrogel) contact lenses immediately or in just a few days. If you choose rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP) lenses or hybrid contact lenses, it might take a couple weeks

Diet can seriously affect your eyes

Diet can seriously affect your eyes Nutrition Although there is no strong evidence about the effect of diet on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), eating a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, including dark green leaves, is good for your general health and may support good eye health. There are lots of dietary supplements on the market which claim to be beneficial for eye health. There is no good evidence that

Getting older and cannot focus? could be Presbyopia

Getting older and cannot focus? could be Presbyopia What is presbyopia? When you are looking at something that is far away, your eye – if you are perfect sighted – is shaped so that the object is clearly focused on your retina. This means that the image is clear. When you look at something close up, for example to read a book, the muscles inside your eye that surround the

Many people unaware that smoking causes blindness

Many people unaware that smoking causes blindness A recent survey has revealed that 53 per cent of people are not aware that smoking causes blindness. The survey was conducted by the Macular Society in the lead up to Macular Week (26 June – 2 July), which raises awareness of the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK – age-related macular degeneration (AMD). According to the Macular Society, smoking is

How binge-watching TV affects your eyes, weight and can even make you a cancer risk

How binge-watching TV affects your eyes, weight and can even make you a cancer risk Watching too much television may be especially bad for children, as research has shown a link between the hours a child spends in front of the television, and heightened risk for childhood obesity. According to a 2015 study, children who watch one to two hours of TV a day, compared to those who watch less,

Gritty eyes may lead to blindness – Blepheritis

Gritty eyes may lead to blindness – Blepheritis What it is: Blepharitis is an inflammation of your eyelids. It can make your eyelids red and eyelashes crusty, and make your eyes feel irritated or itchy. It can also lead to burning, soreness or stinging in your eyes. In severe cases, your lashes may fall out, and you can develop small ulcers or styes as well. You may find your eyelids

How to Exercise Your Eyes. | Do directional eye exercises.

  Moving your eyes in different directions is a good way to exercise your eyes. Stand or sit upright. Look straight ahead. Without moving your head, look to the left. Focus on what you see. Then look right. Move your eyes side to side five times. Repeat this three times. Without moving your head, look down. Focus on what you see. Then, look up. Focus on what you see. Repeat

How to Exercise Your Eyes | Make a figure eight with your eyes.

This is a great exercise to practice controlling the physical movement of your eyes. Imagine a giant figure eight on the floor, about 10 feet in front of you. Trace the figure eight with your eyes, slowly. Trace it one way for a few minutes and then trace it the other way for a few minutes. We all know how important it is to keep our bodies fit by keeping

How to Exercise Your Eyes | Strengthen your eyes’ near and far focusing

This exercise will strengthen the muscles in your eyes and help you maintain your current vision level. Sit in a chair or stand in front of a blank wall. Place your thumb about 10 inches in front of your face and focus on it. You can also focus on an object that is five to 10 feet away for 10–15 seconds. Then, focus on an object that is 10–20 feet

How to Exercise Your Eyes | Massage your eyes.

(Remember to never rub your eyes – ever!) Gentle massage will help to improve blood circulation around your eyes and face, and prepare your eyes for exercise. Apply a hot and cold compress: Soak a towel in warm water, and a towel in cold water. Place the warm towel on your face, making sure it drapes over your eyebrows, closed eyelids, and cheeks. After three minutes, remove the warm towel

How to Exercise Your Eyes | PALMS TO YOUR EYES

  We all know how important it is to keep our bodies fit by keeping active and maintaining a regular exercise routine. But, did you know that you can exercise your eyes as well? Eye exercises are designed to strengthen your eye muscles, improve focusing, eye movements, and stimulate the vision center of your brain. While there is no scientific proof that eye exercises will improve your eyesight, they may