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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.
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
Contact lens problems and how to fix them
Serious problems with contact lenses are thankfully rare. However they can crop up when the recommended hygiene procedures aren’t adhered to, or when contact lenses are not ordered through a registered optician.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
Age 18 to 30 with driving glasses
More and more people age 18-30 are being prescribed glasses, from the use of technology gadgets, computers and for driving. The most common reason for those age 18-30 and need glasses for driving and other distance vision problems, or who wear glasses full time is: Myopia, also known as short-sight You may also have astigmatism, […]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
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
LASIK vs LASEK / PRK Eye Surgery
The comparison chart below will help inform you of the differences between LASIK and traditional LASEK / PRK eye surgeries, as well as provide you with the advantages and disadvantages of each type of surgery. What type of surgery is right for me? Although LASIK is a more popular choice, the type of surgery that’s […]Learn more
Common Habits That Can Damage Your Eyes
"Don't sit so close to the television...you'll ruin your eyes!" Pretty much all of us will have had this shouted at us as kids! And to be fair to our concerned parents, there used to be some truth in the saying!Learn more
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
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
Full of cold? Don’t forget your eyes are affected too!
With the downpour of snow this week, followed by the rising stress of getting everything sorted for Christmas, many of us may have become a little run down and as a result developed the annoying winter cold we all seem to get once a year. Whilst we think of the common cold mainly affecting our […]Learn more
High cholesterol: Did you know it can damage your vision?
Most people are aware that high cholesterol causes health issues, but many aren’t aware of the impact high cholesterol can have on your vision.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
Age 18-30 and reading glasses
The most common reason for vision issues for people from 18-30, who need glasses for reading (and who may wear glasses full time) is: Hyperopia, also known as long-sight / longsighted You may also have astigmatism, either alone or combined with long-sight How does hyperopia/long-sightedness develop? According to the National Eye Institute, hyperopia develops in […]Learn more
Exercises to improve your eye health
Do you suffer from eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, increased sensitivity to bright light, tired eyes or difficulty sustaining attention? When your eyes get tired but still have some work to do, you can do a number of eye exercises to help improve your eyesight and take the strain away. Our eyes need regular exercise in […]Learn more
Eye yoga…top tips on improving vision and busting stress
We have all heard of yoga as a form of exercise to improve our health and mind, but did you know eye yoga can do wonders to our vision too? Eye yoga enables us to use our eyes to their fullest capability, something which does not occur in our day-to-day life. Whilst many of us […]Learn more
Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month – Education and The Digital Age
As children across the UK skipped out of their school gates and into the glorious prospect of 6 weeks of fun and play, we guess that the state of their eye health was the last thing on their minds. But, as August kicked off this week so did Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month. […]Learn more
Driving into the sunset? Here’s how to do it safely…
Why are sunrises and sunsets so dangerous when we drive? There is nothing more beautiful than watching the sun rise or fall, but did you know it can be one of the most dangerous times for driving? With many of us commuting to and from work at these times, it is important to make sure […]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
How to spot potential sight issues in Children
Most children won’t have any idea that they have a vision problem, so it’s up to us to be vigilant when it comes to noticing signs of potential trouble.Learn more
7 Things to Know About Styes
Did you know that there are two types of the common stye, and they’re caused by a natural bacteria on our skin that we coexist with every day? What is a stye? A stye is a small and painful inflammation that appears as a lump on the inside or outside of the eyelid. They can […]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
Are you up to your eyes in it? Here’s how stress can impact your vision
Stress. We all feel it sometimes right? But perhaps you can’t seem to escape it? Whether it is at work, home or school, did you know anxiety can have an impact on your vision too? The Times have recently discussed the negative impact of taking multiple exams over a long period of time on students’ […]Learn more
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
Your Most Common Laser Eye Surgery Fears and Questions: Answered.
Trying to understand the confusing world of laser eye surgery can feel like a daunting task. One of the most common misconceptions is huge amounts of pain, but rest assured this does not happen! Laser eye surgery is reliable, virtually painless and takes approximately 5 minutes. It is only natural to be curious and have […]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
Colour Blindness: Symptoms and Treatments
Do you have difficulty telling if colours are blue and yellow, or red and green? Do other people sometimes inform you that the colour you think you are seeing is wrong? If so, these are primary signs that you have a colour vision deficiency. Don’t worry if this is the case, as you’re not alone. […]Learn more
What kind of laser eye surgery is right for you?
Until contact lenses were made popular in the 1950’s, the only way to correct vision problems was to wear glasses. Fast forward to 2016 and there is an abundance of different approaches to correct vision, from reshaping the cornea in laser eye surgery procedures such as LASIK and PRK, to refractive lens exchange surgery. So […]Learn more
Smoking Yourself Blind
It’s common knowledge that smoking is heavily linked to cancer and respiratory problems. What a lot of smokers don’t realise is that smoking is also linked to various eye conditions.Learn more
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