Your Guide to Choosing a Pediatric Ophthalmologist

When it comes to your child’s health, you don’t take any risks. You have a pediatrician that you trust and a dentist that is great with kids, but what about an eye doctor? Your child’s eye health and vision is just as important as any other component of his well-being, but you might feel less confident searching for the right medical professional.  

With all eye specialties sounding so similar – optometrists, ophthalmologists, and opticians – how do you know which your child needs? A pediatric ophthalmologist is the best choice for many reasons. Read More

The Lightbulbs Save Your Vision from Night Work

Though it might often feel like you have no control over the fate of your eyesight, the truth is that you can take certain measures to prevent vision problems just like you can prevent obesity or heart attack. Getting regular eye exams, eating a healthy diet, and investing in a great pair of sunglasses are three simple ways to take preventative measures. As it turns out, you can also protect your vision by purchasing a specific light bulb for your bedroom!

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Not Sure if Contact Lenses are Right for You? Read this First

contact lensesIf you’re used to wearing glasses, moving on to contact lenses might be a bit of a daunting prospect. After all, there’s a big difference between simply slipping on your specs and taking the time to put your contacts in each morning!

However, contact lenses offer a number of distinct advantages that can really make a big difference in your life. Here’s a brief guide to how they differ to glasses.

Wearing Contact Lenses: The Facts

1) Better vision. Glasses are really helpful when you’ve got poor vision. However, they’re not without their limitations. Peripheral (side) vision is often blurred when wearing glasses, and sometimes, distortion can occur due to the distance between the eye and the lens. Contacts are fitted naturally to the shape of the eye, which means that users enjoy better vision. Read More

Seeing Double? Understanding and Treating Double Vision

eye strainDouble-vision is a medical condition that is exactly as the name suggests. The sufferer will see two images of an object, rather than just the one. This can manifest itself in a variety of ways. You may see the two images on top of one another or alternatively, they may appear side by side. It might be a constant problem or you may only experience it from time to time.

Although it’s not serious in itself, it may be a symptom of a more severe underlying cause. It can also prove dangerous when driving or handling machinery, so it’s certainly worth getting it checked out by a professional eye specialist.

Why Have You Got Double-Vision?

Double-vision can occur in one eye or both and there are a variety of causes. Abnormalities of the eye, such as astigmatism, cataracts or macular degeneration can cause you to start seeing double. Squinting is also a known cause. Read More

What is Causing Your Child’s Lazy Eye? Understanding the Condition

amblyopiaLazy eyes, which are also sometimes referred to as amblyopia, is a condition that affects vision, causing one ‘good’ eye to compensate for the other. It’s a really common health issue; in fact, around 1 in 50 children will develop it, and most are diagnosed by the age of 4.

Why Has Your Child Got a Lazy Eye?

There are a number of reasons why your child might have a lazy eye, but don’t worry, it’s nothing you’ve done wrong! Often, people assume that children have the same vision as we do, but actually, that’s not the case at all. They have to learn to see, and their brains have to master the art of interpreting signals sent from the eye.

This process takes a surprisingly long time. In fact, it can be up to 5 years before a child can see as clearly as a grown-up. If something adversely affects the eye as it’s developing, the signals to the brain are also affected, causing the brain to rely more on the ‘better’ eye. This causes the lazy eye. Read More

Macular Degeneration: What Causes Your Eyesight to Fail?

macular degenerationWhen it comes to macular degeneration, there is no single root cause. A number of factors can contribute to the development of this condition, and it’s difficult to predict whether or not you’ll get it, especially when you’re young.

However, one thing is for certain. There are things you can do to minimize your risk of developing macular degeneration, which you should ideally start doing today.

Factors that Cause Macular Degeneration

  • Family history. Regrettably, this condition is hereditary. If a family member suffers from it, particularly a parent or sibling, this increases your chances of developing it too.

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Eyesight and Modern Technology: How to Prevent Eye Damage

phoneIn the 21st century, we are surrounded by screens. From smartphones and tablets to laptops and Kindles, we use technology to communicate, entertain ourselves, relax, stay fit and of course, to work.

In fact, rather amazingly, recent research shows that the average person in the US spends over five hours a day staring at a screen. This has raised concerns on the effects of screens on eyesight, and whether over-exposure to technology could be damaging the health of your eyes.

Top Tips to Prevent Eye Damage When Using Technology

Whilst research is still underway into exactly how bad technology is for eyesight, certain studies have already suggested that staring at screens for too long can cause squinting, over-straining of the eye muscles, and headaches.

Here’s some tips to help you maintain good eyesight whilst using your tablet, laptop or smartphone. Read More

What is Laser Cataract Surgery?

eyesLaser cataracts surgery is a type of eye surgery that can be performed by your eye doctor in order to treat cataracts. Cataracts meanwhile are cloudy patches that appear in the eye due to a build-up of proteins on the crystalline lens of the eye. These can range from being somewhat translucent to being completely opaque and will obstruct the vision of the patient by blocking incoming light.

Cataracts become increasingly common in old age and are one of the leading causes of impaired vision among the elderly. They can cause yellowing of color vision, near sightedness, blind spots and eventually completely vision loss.

There are a range of causes that can lead to cataracts including exposure to ultraviolet light and radiation, while Read More

How to Protect Your Eyes if You Use the Computer a Lot

eyes computerIf you use the computer a lot, as part of your job perhaps or just in your spare time, then you might find yourself becoming worried about your eyesight. Many of us associate computers, TVs and screens in general with becoming ‘square eyed’ and the idea that programmers and computer hackers all wear glasses has become a persistent stereotype.

The question is though: do you really need to worry? And what can you do to protect your eyes?

The Myth and the Reality

The good news is that screens aren’t actually bad for your eyes. You can use the computer as much as you like and play as many games as you want and not have to worry about it affecting your vision negatively.

One study found that the closer people sat to the TV, the worse their eyesight was. In reality though, the methodology of this study was flawed. The only reason they found a correlation was that people with poor eyesight needed to sit closer.
More recent studies have actually found that playing computer games increases your visual acuity and the ‘resolution’ of your eyes. This is because the act of constantly scanning the horizon for enemies trains us to become more ‘efficient’ at seeing!

How to Protect Your Eyes

That said, it still doesn’t hurt to take extra precautions to protect your eyes if you want to avoid a trip to the eye doctor and there are some things you need to be weary of. Read More

How to Protect Your Eyesight as You Get Older

Eye CareAs you get older, natural deterioration will make you increasingly likely to need glasses. As we age, deterioration occurs to all our cells and this includes those in the eye. Your likelihood of becoming near or short sighted or of developing cataracts and other problems becomes increasingly high.

For these reasons it’s crucial to take extra care of your vision as you get older. But how do you do this? Here are some tips that can help.

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