test

SCROLL DOWN

High cholesterol: Did you know it can damage your vision?

Book a free consultation

13
May
2016

Most people are aware that high cholesterol causes health issues, but many aren’t aware of the impact it can have on your vision.

Type 2 Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy diabetes type 2

High cholesterol and obesity are closely linked to the development of Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is a long term metabolic disorder, which causes high blood sugar levels, reduced insulin levels and insulin resistance.
Type 2 Diabetes has been linked to Diabetic Retinopathy, which is where the blood vessels of the retina become damaged, causing vision loss to varying degrees.  Whilst it takes several years for diabetic retinopathy to reach a point where it threatens your sight, the NHS emphasise the important to attend diabetic eye screening appointments, with an annual screening offered to all people aged 12 or over, to detect any deterioration to the eye.

Treatment – Photocoagulation laser surgery is usually very effective at preventing vision loss caused by Diabetic Retinopathy, however it can only help if it is carried out earlier on in Diabetic Retinopathy development, i.e. before the retina has been severely damaged.

Retinal Vein Occlusion

Retinal vein occlusion is a blockage of the small veins that carry blood away from the retina. High Cholesterol is known to cause fatty build-ups in the body’s veins and arteries and is closely linked to retinal vein occlusion. If blood cannot drain away from the retina efficiently, it can result in a blockage, causing swelling or even haemorrhages. Both swelling and haemorrhages cause damage to the retinal cells, which impacts vision. The extend of vision loss depends on where the blockage occurs / which vein it occurs in.

Treatment – Sometimes the loss of vision caused by retinal vein occlusion can rectify itself naturally, however, treatments for more severe cases include Laser Eye Surgery, Steroid Injections and Anti VEGH Medications.

Corneal Arcus corneal arcus

Corneal Arcus, which is associated with high cholesterol, is where a deposit of cholesterol builds up around the edge of the cornea. This gives the appearance of a grey ring or arc in the eye. Although corneal arcus doesn’t normally impact vision, some patients find the grey ring / arc appearance to the eye unsightly.

Treatment – As corneal arcus doesn’t impact vision itself, treatments are based around controlling the patient’s high cholesterol.

Xanthomas

Xanthomas are non contagious fatty deposits that develop beneath the skin. They commonly produce soft, yellowish bumps on the skin’s surface, however are also known to occur around the eye. While not being directly harmful to vision, they can be disfiguring and, in some cases, burst (eruptive xanthomas).

Treatment – Treatment of xanthomas is usually based around the underlying lipid disorders, which are known to cause the outbreak. Eruptive xanthomas require immediate medical assistance and usually resolve within weeks of medical treatment.

As well as high cholesterol affecting our eyes and vision, it affects your overall health and well being. A well balanced and nutritious diet, plus regular exercise can help combat high cholesterol.


Sources

NHS

Read more on eye health, laser eye surgery and vision here.

By: David

If you are interested in vision correction at Focus Clinic please call us on 0207 307 8250 and book a free consultation.

Book your FREE consultation
Related Articles
  • 1920--1200

    How an app can help the blind

    A smart phone app has been developed which will help blind and visually impaired people navigate their surroundings. Standard navigational apps currently use GPS and voice controls for directions which can run into problems in certain situations. For example, the directions can stop working when GPS is not available and voice directions can be drowned […]

    Learn more
  • using supplements to maintain eye health

    Using supplements to maintain eye health

    The eye is connected in more ways than one with the rest of the body. When a patient takes a form of medication or vitamin supplements for a systemic condition, ocular effects should be expected whether they are beneficial or risky to your eye health. Read the lists below for more natural approaches to maintaining […]

    Learn more
  • New

    Computer games and vision

    Christmas is drawing closer and everybody is hunting for the perfect gift for their loved ones. On the top of many lists will be some of the brand new computer game consoles that have just been launched such as Xbox One or Playstation 4. You will have probably heard that these kind of games can […]

    Learn more
  • lasik 360

    Laser eye surgery (LASIK) 360: The world’s first ever video

    Here at Focus Clinic we are proud to share the world’s first LASIK (‘laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis’) eye surgery live video in 360 augmented reality. Performed by our very own Dr David Allamby, this footage is a great way for those thinking of getting laser eye surgery to get an idea of what to expect and […]

    Learn more
  • smartphone

    Protect your sight on your smartphone

    Whether we are checking our social media accounts, messaging friends, navigating to an unfamiliar destination or playing games, most of us are never found without our smartphone.  In the UK, four out of five adults own a smartphone, an equivalent of 37 million people!  Across the world, Statista have estimated that by the end of […]

    Learn more
  • does laser eye surgery hurt?

    New part of the eye discovered

    New part of the eye discovered You would think that in 2013, we would know all there is to know about human anatomy, and then scientists go and find a whole new body part! Where do we find it? In the eye, the organ that helps us to see clearly. I looks like we were […]

    Learn more
  • Eyes are a focus at Glastonbury Festival

    Eyes are a Focus at Glorious Glastonbury

    The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is encouraging music lovers to make sure they take care of their eye health and remember to book eye tests by putting their vision to the test. RNIB is the official health charity partner for this year’s iconic Glastonbury Festival, here at Focus we fully support the […]

    Learn more
  • 920X1200

    Smart phones become eye-phones

    Researchers at Stanford University have developed two adaptors for smartphones that will allow the phones to take high quality images of both the front and the back of the eye. Currently these pictures need to be taken by a camera that is attached to a slit lamp. The slit lamp is a very expensive piece […]

    Learn more
  • Children's Eyes

    Parents to protect children’s eyes by monitoring digital usage

    Most of us don’t go a day without using a digital screen, whether it’s at work on a computer, reading off a tablet or tending to our smartphone – and now younger and younger children’s eyes are being exposed to digital screens, threatening their vision. Tablets and phones have replaced the TV as a way […]

    Learn more
  • Eye Terms & Conditions Glossary

    Eye Terms & Conditions Glossary

    You might have heard of the term LASIK eye surgery, but do you know what it means? What about Amblyopia or Esotropia? When researching anything about eye care, eye health, laser eye surgery, or sight loss you are confronted by a long list of vocabulary that you may, or may not, understand. Here at Focus […]

    Learn more
  • refractive lens exchange

    Refractive lens exchange cost

    The typical Refractive Lens Exchange cost is £5400 for complete treatment to both eyes, using a standard monofocal lens. This includes your FREE initial consultation and all post surgery appointments and eye drops. If you are found suitable at your initial assessment, a second consultation with your treating surgeon will be arranged and costs £100.

    Learn more
  • What is Presbyopia

    What is presbyopia?

    Reading glasses and surgical options You can’t escape Presbyopia, the medical term for the loss of reading vision in middle age. Sadly, it will happen to us all eventually. Even if you’ve never had a vision problem before. It usually occurs around the ages of 45-50 in the UK, and earlier in warmer and more […]

    Learn more
  • Toxins in medicine can save your life

    From poison to potions: the toxins used in medicine that could save your life…

    Worldwide, the prevalence of myopia has been rising dramatically, and it is estimated that 2.5 billion people will be affected by myopia by 2020, but a new study offers sufferers hope. News research reveals that atropine, a toxic substance derived from deadly nightshade, can be an effective and sustainable treatment for progressive high myopia in […]

    Learn more
  • shutterstock_343222016

    What is your eye colour telling the world?

    One of the most defining features of the face, your eye colour can also reflect some aspects of your personality too. Brown eyes? You’re seen as a natural leader. Green? One of the more rarer colours and seen as the sexiest of them all. Why do we have different eye colours? Eye colour is determined […]

    Learn more
  • Astigmatism In Children

    Astigmatism in children: what are the warning signs?

    Astigmatism is a common condition where the cornea or lens of the eye isn’t a perfect curve, causing blurred or distorted vision. Like nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism is a refractive error, meaning it’s not an eye disease or eye health problem - it’s simply a problem with how the eye focuses on light.

    Learn more
  • shutterstock_496226125

    Keep Your Eyes Open to Spot the Symptoms of Cataracts

    Cataracts are the world’s leading cause of blindness. Estimates suggest that around half of people aged 75-85 have experienced some vision loss due to cataracts. Primarily a condition that affects the older generation, it can come on as early as your 40s. Rare cases of cataracts have also been seen in young children and even […]

    Learn more
  • 5 Random Facts About Your Eyes

    5 Random Facts About Your Eyes

    Your eyes are one of the most fascinating and developed organs in your entire body. It takes half of your brain to control and process your vision and 80% of your memories are a result of what you have seen using them. We’ve put together some of our favourite fun facts about your eyes. 1) You […]

    Learn more
  • burning smell

    Burning smell during laser eye surgery? Don’t worry, your eyes aren’t burning

    Heard of a burning smell during laser eye surgery? Don’t worry your eyes aren’t burning! One of the main myths about laser eye surgery is that the burning smell many experience during their procedure means your eyes are burning.  You may have read comments such as “I could smell burning during the treatment” and been […]

    Learn more
  • children need regular eye tests

    When should a child first go to an eye doctor/ optician?

    Getting your child’s eyes checked regularly is essential for spotting issues that are treatable when caught early. Good vision is really important to children as so much of what they learn is taken in through their eyes, and their vision helps them find out about the world around them.

    Learn more
  • 1920-1200

    Hayfever and itchy eyes – What to do?

    Finally we have a warm week and it feels like summer is here. But for more than 15,000,000 people in the UK suffering with hay fever it’s all about sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose. To help those of you suffering in the sun, we’ve compiled a list of top tips for battling those […]

    Learn more
  • smoking cigarettes

    Stop smoking cigarettes and save your sight

    It’s common knowledge that smoking cigarettes significantly reduces your health, harms almost every organ in your body, causes a variety of diseases and takes years off of your life. With 7.2  million adults in England that smoke and a staggering 14.6 million ex-smokers, this deadly habit is most commonly known to lead to heart disease, […]

    Learn more
  • laser eye surgery recovery

    Laser eye surgery recovery: how long does it take?

    Laser eye surgery recovery: how long does it take? If you are thinking of undertaking laser eye surgery, planning your recovery and a suitable time to have the treatment will be very important. Most patients (about 97%) who come to Focus Clinic choose to have LASIK treatment. This laser eye surgery recovery is a fast treatment, […]

    Learn more
  • 1920--1200

    City living and dry eyes

    An American study has found that city living increases the likelihood of suffering from dry eyes. Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition where either the eyes do not make enough tears, or the tears that are made evaporate from the eye too quickly. Lack of tears causes the eye to dry out which can leave […]

    Learn more
  • 1920-1200

    Bluetooth glasses or laser eye surgery?

    Bluetooth glasses or laser eye surgery? Do you find that you keep misplacing your glasses? Or do you have several pairs dotted around the house, car and office, so that you so do not find yourself without them? Phone Halo thinks that they have found a solution. They have designed a special pair of glasses […]

    Learn more
  • 1920--1200

    New eye layer linked to glaucoma

    Last July we reported on a very exciting discovery of a new human body part! It was an extra layer in the eye, called Dua’s layer, named after its discoverer Dr Harminder Dua. The finding of the new layer, was expected to hold the key to many eye diseases, why they occurred, and more importantly, […]

    Learn more
  • Comparing Surgery Times

    Comparing Surgery Times: Laser Eye Surgery vs Other Surgeries

    The idea of any surgery, no matter how big or small, can be daunting. Laser eye surgery may seem like a scary option, your eyes are precious, but in reality, the procedure time is a lot shorter than people think. The duration of a surgery of any kind cannot be predicted 100% accurately. Like a […]

    Learn more
  • Original Eye test by Ferdinand Monoyer

    The Google Doodle Created in Honour of Ferdinand Monoyer

    Earlier this week on the 9th May an animated Google Doodle was created in honour of Ferdinand Monoyer’s 181st birthday. The doodle features a pair of eyes on the left, which form the ‘O’s in the word Google, alongside an eye chart on the right. As the eyes squint, the letters on the right become […]

    Learn more
  • eye tattoo, is it worth risking your vision

    Beauty is pain, but is it worth risking your vision?

    A 24 year old Canadian model has recently had an eye tattoo which has left her partially blind. And that’s not the only scar of scleral tattoo. Catt Gallinger herself has said that she’s made a ‘massive mistake’ as it affects her mental health. Have body modifications gone one step too far as people begin […]

    Learn more
  • Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness

    Glaucoma: A Leading Cause of Blindness

    Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness throughout the world, especially in older people, with estimates of suspected cases at over 60 million worldwide. What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, becomes damaged, usually as a result of an increased pressure […]

    Learn more
  • 15 foods that can improve your eye health

    15 Foods That Can Improve Your Eye Health

    Did you know eating certain foods can actually improve your eyesight, slow down aging of your eyes and keep your eyes in good health?

    Learn more
Get in touch
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Thank you for getting in touch with Focus. Your message is on its way and one of our friendly team will be in touch shortly!
Reviews

Preet

4th Aug

preet

‘I now have 20/12 vision and couldn’t be happier’

close
close
big close

Book a free* consultation

There is a refundable admin fee of £25 for consultations during the week and £50 for consultations in the weekend. This will be returned to you when you attend the appointment.
Thank you for getting in touch with Focus. Your message is on its way and one of our friendly team will be in touch shortly!

Would you rather speak to someone?

*Opening Times:
Monday - Friday: 9am – 6pm Saturday: 9am – 3pm

Would you rather speak to someone?

Call: 0207 307 8250

to arrange your free* consultation
There is a refundable admin fee of £25 for consultations during the week and £50 for consultations in the weekend. This will be returned to you when you attend the appointment.
Mr Samer Hamada
laser and lens eye surgery specialist
 Samar Hamada