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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 signs of vision loss in your child?
When it comes to children’s sight, early detection is key to ensuring that your child has the visual skills that they need to do well in school, sports and other activities.
Take a look at our infographic below and learn how to spot the symptoms and warnings of poor eye health in children.
Synesthesia: The blending of the senses
Have you ever looked at the number three and decided that its colour is red? Or perhaps you’ve been at a concert and the sound of the guitar you can actually feel on the side of your arm, whilst the vocalist you can feel on your right ankle? These experiences may be a sign you […]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
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
Could an iPad game cure lazy eye in children?
We all know that too much iPad use is leading to a number of health issues that could potentially affect our children’s vision – however it’s not all bad news, as research has found an iPad game that can cure lazy eye in children. Lazy eye, also known as Amblyopia, is a condition where the […]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
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
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
Eyes are a Focus at Glorious Glastonbury
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is encouraging music lovers to make sure they take care of their eye health and remember to book eye tests by putting their vision to the test. RNIB is the official health charity partner for this year’s iconic Glastonbury Festival, here at Focus we fully support the […]Learn more
What is macular degeneration?
This is a common eye disease linked to ageing that in time will destroys sharp, clear central vision due to damage to the retina. The retina is the very thin tissue that lives at the back of the eye and contains the light-sensing cells which are sending visual signals to the brain. Sharp, clear, ‘straight […]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
New eye layer linked to glaucoma
Last July we reported on a very exciting discovery of a new human body part! It was an extra layer in the eye, called Dua’s layer, named after its discoverer Dr Harminder Dua. The finding of the new layer, was expected to hold the key to many eye diseases, why they occurred, and more importantly, […]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
Blepharitis: Causes, symptoms and treatments
Itchy eyes are a common sign of tiredness, but if your eyes are often itchy and pink, your eyelashes are crusty and your eyelids are raw, there’s a chance you might have a condition blepharitis. What is blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids, including the skin, lashes and meibomian […]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
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
From poison to potions: the toxins used in medicine that could save your life…
Worldwide, the prevalence of myopia has been rising dramatically, and it is estimated that 2.5 billion people will be affected by myopia by 2020, but a new study offers sufferers hope. News research reveals that atropine, a toxic substance derived from deadly nightshade, can be an effective and sustainable treatment for progressive high myopia in […]Learn more
Using eyes to fight crime
Using eyes to fight crime? Researchers at the University of Glasgow have been able to distinguish faces from their reflection in another person’s eye. The team have used a 39 megapixel camera to take a photograph of a person in perfect lighting from one metre away. The resulting high resolution image could then be enlarged, […]Learn more
Hayfever and itchy eyes – What to do?
Finally we have a warm week and it feels like summer is here. But for more than 15,000,000 people in the UK suffering with hay fever it’s all about sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose. To help those of you suffering in the sun, we’ve compiled a list of top tips for battling those […]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
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
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
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
Bluetooth glasses or laser eye surgery?
Bluetooth glasses or laser eye surgery? Do you find that you keep misplacing your glasses? Or do you have several pairs dotted around the house, car and office, so that you so do not find yourself without them? Phone Halo thinks that they have found a solution. They have designed a special pair of glasses […]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
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
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
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
How an app can help the blind
A smart phone app has been developed which will help blind and visually impaired people navigate their surroundings. Standard navigational apps currently use GPS and voice controls for directions which can run into problems in certain situations. For example, the directions can stop working when GPS is not available and voice directions can be drowned […]Learn more
What is presbyopia?
Reading glasses and surgical options You can’t escape Presbyopia, the medical term for the loss of reading vision in middle age. Sadly, it will happen to us all eventually. Even if you’ve never had a vision problem before. It usually occurs around the ages of 45-50 in the UK, and earlier in warmer and more […]Learn more