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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
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
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
How to accentuate your eye colour after laser eye surgery
People choose to have laser eye surgery for a variety of different reasons. To avoid the hassle of glasses and contact lenses, to gain freedom to fully enjoy sporting pursuits or to simply gain a confidence boost. Whatever your motivation, you will probably find that you will be showing off your beautiful eyes for the very […]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
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
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
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
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
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
Cataracts can develop over months or more commonly years and initially they may present no symptoms.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
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
Prescription Drugs: What ones are damaging your eyes?
What prescription drugs could be harming our vision? For many years there has been speculation over the side effects of major drugs around the world. Whilst adverse reactions to medical prescription are rare, they can and do appear for some of us, especially when drugs are taken for extended periods of time. The below common […]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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Is your child at risk of myopia?
Many children aren’t aware they have a vision problem and will generally try to adapt, without knowing they could see better – as a parent, you’re the best person to help find the signs. Myopia, or short-sightedness, is a very common eye condition in children that causes distant objects to appear blurred, while close objects […]Learn more
Why myopia progression is a concern worldwide
As one of the most common eye disorders across the world, there has been an alarming increase in myopia over the years, with the condition starting at younger ages than ever before. To put this into perspective, the prevalence of myopia is about 30-40 percent among adults in Europe and the United States, and up […]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 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
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
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
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
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
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