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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.
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
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
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
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
What are eye floaters & are they a concern?
Most of us have seen strange shapes floating in our vision from time to time and those tiny spots, specks and flecks that drift aimlessly around our field of vision are otherwise known as floaters. What are floaters? Floaters are caused by small piece of debris that float in the vitreous humour of the eye. […]Learn more
The 30 Most Iconic Sunglasses of All Time
Monday the 27th June is National Sunglasses day, so we thought we'd take a look back at the most iconic sunglasses (and their wearers)!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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Warning Signs of Vision Loss in Children
It’s Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month (August) and the World Health Organisation has found that 19 million children in the world are visually impaired. Of this amount, 12 million are visually impaired due to refractive errors which can be easily diagnosed and corrected through a routine eye examination. Do you know how to spot the warning […]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
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
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
Why uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious eye problems
Did you know nearly one person in every 25 in the UK has diabetes? It can take time to get your diabetes under control, but the results are worth it – otherwise you could set yourself up for a host of complications. Diabetes can take a toll on nearly every organ in your body, and […]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
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
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
Cataracts can develop over months or more commonly years and initially they may present no symptoms.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
Need an excuse to eat chocolate? It’s good for your eyes
With the Easter weekend only just over, there might be a few of us that are feeling a little guilty about the amount of chocolate we have eaten. But did you know that dark chocolate is actually good for our vision and can protect us from a number of diseases in our eyes? You probably […]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
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