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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, some of which can lead to total blindness.
It’s strongly recommended that you have regular eye checks whether you’re a smoker or not, however it’s imperative that you keep on top of your check ups if you’re a smoker as some of these conditions are ‘silent’ and can go undetected for months or even years. Conditions such as glaucoma can lead to irreparable vision loss if not detected and treated early enough.
TETRIS improves vision?
Many people believe that computer games can be detrimental to your vision, but surprisingly the addictive puzzle game Tetris can help to improve Amblyopia, commonly known as ‘Lazy Eye’. Amblyopia occurs when the nerves that connect one of the eyes to the brain develop incorrectly as a child. As a result, blurry or wrong images […]Learn more
The Principle Causes of Blindness Worldwide
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 […]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
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
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
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
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
TV Shows of 2017: What takes the crown as most watched?
With blue Monday just a few days ago and many of us still in the throws of January blues, some of us may be looking back and reflecting on the year just gone. This time of year we see programmes crop up that look back at the highs and lows of 2017, and here at […]Learn more
Why It Might Be Time For Laser Eye Surgery
Are you fed up with wearing glasses? Do you find contact lenses inconvenient to use in your day-to-day life? Are you over 21, in good health, have healthy eyes and have a stable prescription? If you answered yes to all of the above then it might be time to consider laser eye surgery.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
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
Pros and cons of laser eye surgery
Pros and cons of laser eye surgery Despite the procedure being more than 25 years old, laser eye surgery is still regarded as a relatively new operation. The pros and cons of laser eye surgery can help a prospective patient decide if vision correction is right for them. Benefits and risks of vision correction It […]Learn more
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
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
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
Cataract surgery recovery
Cataract surgery recovery Cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure in the developed world. Recovery from a modern cataract operation is quick and typically uncomplicated due to the minimally invasive keyhole approach. No sutures are required and the procedure is performed as a day case without needing to stay in hospital. Who needs cataract […]Learn more
Hay Fever: Preventing Itchy Eyes
Spring days are nigh, and for many of us, with the increasing pollen count, Hay Fever is looming. The oncoming bouts of itchy eyes and a runny nose fill sufferers with dread, so what would be better than to prepare for, and possibly eliminate, these symptoms before pollen terrorises them for foreseeable sunny days? It […]Learn more
Ocular Health: A Blind Spot in Parliament
At the end of March, the issue of eye health was discussed in parliament – for the first time in nearly seven years. Led by Wealden MP Nusrat Ghani, a parliamentary blind spot was addressed in a 90-minute debate in the House of Commons Chamber. Ms Ghani called for the government to develop and implement […]Learn more
Eye-Inspired Architecture: The L’Hemisfèric
The L’Hemisfèric is a spectacular building located in Valencia, Spain. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and opened in 1998, this unique piece of architecture is a Planetarium for viewing the night sky and a Laserium to showcase light displays, it also houses an IMAX Cinema. What makes this building unique? It’s shaped like an eye and […]Learn more
Gene therapy, the new cure for blindness?
Have we really found a cure for blindness? Earlier this month, a gene therapy that treats an inherited form of blindness was approved unanimously by the U.S. Food and Drug Administered (FDA) panel. If they get final approval in January, this will be a major breakthrough in gene therapy, as it will be the first […]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
The secret superfood that could stop you going blind
We are a nation of coffee drinkers. In fact, in the UK alone we drink approximately 55 million cups of coffee every day. Thousands of studies have looked at coffee use in the past few decades and lately, more and more are reporting the real health benefits for coffee drinkers, from helping prevent diabetes, to […]Learn more
The new smart glasses: you’ve never seen or heard anything like it
We all know that glasses help us read more easily, but did you know there will soon be smart glasses that can read out loud what’s written in front of us on paper? A new Japanese company called Oton Glass are currently developing a pair of glasses that will be able to convert text into […]Learn more
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
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
What are the chances of an infection after laser eye surgery?
Have you ever wondered what the likelihood of an infection is after laser vision correction? In a study released by the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (JCRS) the risk of infectious keratitis in the eyes after laser vision correction was analysed. What is microbial keratitis? The condition is caused when the cornea, the clear, […]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
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
Cataract surgery advances
Cataract surgery advances – The history of cataract surgery Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world, which unsurprisingly, makes cataract surgery one of the most frequently performed surgeries in the world. the first recorded cataract surgery took place in 600 B.C. by Susruta of India The technique used to cure cataract was […]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