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Worldwide, over 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. About 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in low-income settings and 82% of people living with blindness are aged 50 and above.
So what can cause Blindness?
Multiple afflictions can affect the same eye and the leading causes of blindness include, refractive errors, cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Click on one of the sections below, to find out what it is like to see an image if you suffer one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide.
Did you know brussels sprouts can help save your sight this Christmas?
Did you know your Christmas vegetables could be giving you more than you bargained for? New research has found that the famously unpopular, Brussels Sprouts vegetables could actually help save your sight.Learn more
Remember remember the 5th November, and to protect your eyesight of course
Now Halloween is out the way, we look to the coming weekend to celebrate Guy Fawkes night, commonly known as bonfire or firework night. With shops stocked up full of firecrackers and fountains, it’s easy to forget about the precautions we need to take to protect our vision. Fireworks are a spectacular show, and whilst […]Learn more
Creepy crawlies surprise us with their super vision
It’s not our fly-swatting skills, insects vision is much better than we thought! Ever wondered why the flies stuck in your home seem to be so good at avoiding your deadly swatter or rolled up newspaper? For years, scientists have not been able to answer this question, believing that insects vision was pretty blurry, leaving them […]Learn more
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
Protecting your eyes from the sun
Protecting your eyes from the sun As Britain sizzles in the hottest weather recorded since 2006, hundreds of thousands of people are set to get ready to attend some of the biggest summer events and make last minute holiday getaways. We know the dangers of unprotected skin from the sun’s rays, but what about ultraviolet […]Learn more
The epidemic outbreak of Acanthamoeba keratitis
Acanthamoeba keratitis is a rare, but serious vision threatening parasitic infection seen most often in contact lens wearers. First recognised in 1973, Acanthamoeba are naturally occurring amoeba (tiny, one-celled animals) commonly found in water sources, such as tap water, well water, hot tubs, and soil and sewage systems. If these tiny parasites infect the eye, […]Learn more
World Sight Day 2016
285 million people are blind or visually impaired – 80% of those don’t have to be. This day is dedicated to raising global awareness for blindness and visual impairment. Held every year, on the second Thursday of October, World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision […]Learn more
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
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
Cold eyes? Here’s how to protect your eyes this winter
We are always reminded to protect our neck from the cold by wearing a scarf, or stop the heat leaving our head with a woolly hat, so why are we not taking the same type of precautions to protect us getting cold eyes this winter? Whilst the festivities have gotten into full swing today, the […]Learn more
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
Healthy Vision Month: Can you spot the sun-seeker not wearing any sunglasses?
The summer months are slowly but surely on their way, so what better way to encourage sun-seekers to protect their vision than with a brainteaser with an eye-testing twist? With the sun fighting to get through the clouds, we’ve come up with this eye-boggling brain teaser that asks challengers to spot the sun-seeker that isn’t […]Learn more
5 Top Eye Patching Tips for Parents
As part of children’s eye health and safety month, we want to provide some helpful tips for parents about patching their child’s eye for certain eye conditions.Learn more
Smart tech comes to contact lenses
One in every nineteen people suffer from diabetes today, and this number is set to rise as our lifestyles and eating habits become more unhealthy. By 2035 it is predicted that this number will rise to one in ten. An important part of caring for and managing diabetes it getting your blood sugar levels […]Learn more
Long eyelashes…are they damaging our eyes?
Just like wearing lipstick, thick long eyelashes are a beauty trend that have stuck with us since we can remember. Mascara wands are a staple item in make-up bags across the globe, helping us get the magic lashes we see in adverts. But as we continue to find new ways to extend our lashes, have […]Learn more
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
Novelty contacts this Halloween: trick or treat?
Novelty contacts are extremely popular around this time of year and whilst we all want to have the scariest Halloween costume, it is not worth risking your vision by misusing these special-effects lenses. What are novelty contact lenses? Did you need a prescription to wear novelty contact lenses? If you are thinking about wearing novelty […]Learn more
6 Reasons Why Women Could Be More Prone to Eye Problems Than Men
Studies now show that there is a gap between both sexes in regards to eye diseases and vision problems. Women are more likely than men to lose their vision or experience a variety of eye conditions. With the likelihood higher for females they need to be extra vigilant with their eye care. But, why are […]Learn more
What is age-related macular degeneration?
If you’ve been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, you’re not alone. In the UK, over 600,000 people are affected with the condition, and is one of the leading causes of severe vision loss in people over 60. You may not notice any change in your vision during the early stages, especially if you have AMD […]Learn more
Scallops: Not just extraordinary in taste but in vision too
Most of us know scallops for being a tasty dish to order in a restaurant, and maybe some of us even know that they are originally in shells. But these underwater clams are far more interesting than we may have thought, as their extraordinary eyesight continues to amaze scientists. Scallops: What do we know about […]Learn more
The Myopia Epidemic Across The World: Which countries suffer the most and least?
Over 80 million children are affected by the myopia epidemic and the economic cost is estimated at an annual $268 billion worldwide. What is myopia? Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a refractive error in your eye. This means that the eye does not refract light properly to a single focus, which enabled you to […]Learn more
What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis becomes especially important when we are looking to perform laser eye surgery, e.g. Z-LASIK. Blepharitis is linked with dryness of the eyes and should be treated before having vision correction, to increase the moisture over the cornea (which does temporarily become drier after treatment). This LASIK post-op dryness recovers within 3-6 months, and is […]Learn more
Baby vision: The development of sight from birth
Baby vision! Have you ever looked at a baby and wondered what they are seeing, as they look around their new world with curiosity? It turns out that babies ability to see is perhaps not as strong as you thought, with it taking up to two years for their vision to fully develop. Just like […]Learn more
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
The Misleading Prices of Laser Eye Surgery
Adverts can be confusing, especially when it comes to pricing, so when we hear of low price laser eye surgery is it really what it seems or is it too good to be true?Learn more
Can you spot the robin perched in this herd of reindeer?
The holidays are coming and what better way to get in the festive spirit than with an eye-boggling brain teaser. Can you spot the Robin? With the biggest Christmas adverts of the year now released spreading festive cheer across the country, we have come up with this eye-boggling brain teaser that asks challengers to to spot […]Learn more
The bionic eye
Is science fiction becoming a reality? After years of intensive engineering a bionic eye has been approved for commercial use. Named the Argus II, it is a device that can improve sight for individuals who can see virtually nothing, making previously impossible tasks attainable. People with certain types of blindness can go from seeing virtually […]Learn more
How To View A Solar Eclipse Safely
The next solar eclipse happens this year on the 21st August but our view of the phenomenon won’t be as spectacular as the one the people in the US will enjoy; the moon will pass in front of the sun making it as dark as night-time for 2 minutes during the day. What is a […]Learn more
Sunlight and Your Eyes
We often take our eyes for granted. They are an essential part of our overall health and one of the most important out of all of our senses. We are often told to avoid sunlight to protect our eyesight, but why should we listen to this advice? Sunlight and myopia: Myopia is the official name […]Learn more
Does LASIK wear off?
Does LASIK wear off? What do we know about long-term effects of LASIK? It’s been around 25 years – is that really enough time to discern long-term effects? Yes, it would appear so. There are rare changes that have been observed up to 2 years after treatment (and which are treatable), otherwise we haven’t seen any other effects, […]Learn more