Finally, there have been some breakthroughs in our understanding of why more and more children are becoming short-sighted. Although the research is early the results are very encouraging. Increasing our understanding of the mechanism causing short-sightedness (myopia) requires more work. There are ways to reduce the degree of myopia a child may develop. As yet, there is no treatment that can reverse or prevent the development of myopia. But current treatment technologies reduce the rate of progression of myopia. Much of the research comes from Southeast Asia where the incidence of myopic children is now 90%. Myopia is not a completely harmless shortsightedness and in extreme cases can lead to significant visual impairment later in life. It is not normal to be myopic. We should welcome any intervention that reduces or even prevents myopia. Continue Reading…
Winter is finally here! It’s the season of festivities,but it is also the season that can cause the most harm.
Yes, you may now be more cautious when driving or when choosing what to wear, but it’s even more important to protect your eyes as well from the potential hazards of winter conditions.
So, you’ve been to the opticians and have discovered that your child is myopic; first thing you’re thinking is what is myopia?
To be simple, it is near-nearsightedness.
Myopia affects the way you see things by making it unclear unless it is relatively close to your eyes and is a very common refractive error among children and young adults. Your vision becomes unclear because the eyeball is too long, relative to the focusing power of the cornea and lens of the eye. This causes light rays to focus at a point in front of the retina, rather than directly on its surface. Near-nearsightedness also can be caused by the cornea and/or lens being too curved for the length of the eyeball. In some cases, myopia is due to a combination of these factors. However, your child is not alone.
When you have Diabetes, you will find that your blood glucose level is very high and needs treatment immediately. Diabetes occurs when people have too much glucose (sugar) in their blood; this is usually because of a poor diet and weight. Glucose is what gives us our energy so it is needed, but too much can be dangerous and life changing. According to The Diabetes Research Institute, worldwide, it afflicts more than 422 million people. Our body releases insulin to help the glucose enter our blood to then enter our cells. If you have diabetes, this system does not work meaning your pancreas no longer sense when glucose has entered your bloodstream and has not released the right amount of insulin. Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition that comes in two forms:
Keratoconus is a bilateral non-inflammatory eye condition that affects the development of your eye. Rather than your eye growing in a sphere shape, those with Keratoconus (also known as KC) develop a cone-shaped cornea that progressively things, causing a bulge to form on the eye. Sufferers of KC tend to suffer from significant visual impairment, requiring treatment. On November 10th, we celebrate World KC Day sponsored by the National Keratoconus Foundation, a day that raises awareness nationally about the eye condition Keratoconus. The National Keratoconus Foundation are dedicated to raising awareness about Keratoconus to patients, families and eye care professionals through releasing literature and seminars, raising funds to support scientific research into causes treatment and a possible cure for the condition.
It’s the first Wednesday of November, meaning it’s National Stress Awareness Day. Stress is your body’s response to demands that your body has taken on and also events that are occurring in your life. This can be brought on due to fears, a loss of a loved one, overload of work, money problems, the responsibility of raising a family plus many more reasons, everyone has experienced mild to severe stress in their lifetimes.
Regardless of the severity, it is important to manage stress effectively because if it becomes overwhelming, it could have a negative impact on your mental and physical health.
It’s also Hug a Bear Day today! Grab your favourite plush toy to help with the stress.
According to Medical News Today (2018), there has been a new analysis of clinic reports and existing research. Findings have shown that stress is not only a consequence of vision loss, but also a cause.
It’s Guy Fawkes Night and Londoners will light thousands of fireworks to celebrate the occasion. But although the sky will be ablaze with colourful light, there are some things to keep in mind if you value your safety.
As researchers have found, the eye is the most frequently injured body part related to use of fireworks, accounting for more than 2,000 injuries every year. In the UK, 10 people lose their sight and around 300 people suffer serious eye injuries as a result of accidents caused by fireworks. Operating fireworks unsafely can cause scratches to the cornea, chemical and thermal burns or, in rare cases, rupture your eyes.
Halloween is fast approaching, everyone is getting their costumes ready, the hair, the make up and the accessories – including contacts. Coloured contacts are very popular around this time of year as they give people a chance to change the colour of their eyes and become a completely different person and enhance their costumes.
But did you know that decorative contacts can be frightfully damaging to your eyes? The lasting affects will haunt you.
As you are able to buy these contacts without prescriptions, it is typical to think that they can’t be that harmful if you can buy them over the counter or online…but that’s not the case.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down and have a talk with Ms Bola Odufuwa, one of the Consultant Ophthalmologists and Clinic Directors at My-iClinic about Glaucoma. With more than 15 years of experience and the achievement of helping over 5000 patients improve their vision, it was safe to say she knew what she was talking about.
Glaucoma is a progressive condition that causes damage to your optic nerves. Bola explained how it is linked to the pressure in the eye that has started to build up so much it starts to deteriorate your vision.
It comes in two main forms, open angle glaucoma the most common type of glaucoma with no obvious abnormality in the eye and angle closure glaucoma, the less common form that requires immediate medical attention due to the abnormality.
Open-angle glaucoma appears as deterioration of the drainage canal (also known as the Trabecular Meshwork). We say deteriorating as the fluid (Humor) doesn’t flow out like it is supposed to causing the pressure in the eye to increase which subsequently causes damage to the optic nerve. This tends to develop slowly over time and is a lifelong condition that has to be controlled to prevent permanent damage such as sight-loss.
In January my introduction to laser started, I had training by a lady from Zeiss, and at the end of February I finally knew how laser worked.