Monday, 12 February 2018

Your Eye Surgeon Can Help You Manage Dry Eye Post-LASIK Treatment

LASIK surgery involves reshaping and altering the curvature of the cornea to improve vision, but in doing so, the procedure can also affect the tear film and tear production. It’s not something to be alarmed about, however, as it’s relatively mild and considered as a common side effect of the surgery. In fact, according to experts, as many as eight out of ten LASIK patients experience dry eye symptoms in the following weeks.

Even so, nobody wants to deal with the itchy, stinging feeling of dry eyes, especially while recovering from LASIK. Fortunately, your eye surgeon can help you manage the symptoms to give you relief.

Minimizing Dry Eye Risks

Some people are more susceptible to developing dry eye after LASIK due to different factors. For instance, people with higher degrees of myopia can be at greater risk of dry eye than people with lesser degrees of nearsightedness. The same is true for older people, female patients who have undergone menopause, people with autoimmune diseases and those who are taking allergy, blood pressure, or antidepressant medications. Read more from this article:

Friday, 9 February 2018

Corneal Dystrophy Explained: Why You Should Not Hesitate to Visit an Eye Doctor

Recent statistics reveal that over 1.7 million people in England are either blind or partially sighted. This population is expected to quadruple in the next 40 years if nothing is done to treat the various conditions that are fuelling its growth. One of these is corneal dystrophy, a disorder characterised by the development of excess tissues in the cornea. Considered hereditary, the chances of people, whose families have no known history of this disorder, to acquire it is quite slim. But for those who are likely to experience corneal dystrophy, understanding how this disorder works is a top priority when seeking treatment.

What is Corneal Dystrophy?

To better understand this disorder, one must know the functions and vulnerabilities of the cornea, the clear outer layer of the eye. It consists of three sublayers—an outer layer (epithelium), a middle layer made of four more sublayers (Dua’s layer, Bowman’s layer, the stroma, and Descemet’s membrane), and an inner layer (endothelium). Its main functions are to protect the rest of the eye from infectious or irritating substances and to serve as a refractive medium that ensures correct passage of light needed to project images more clearly. Read more from this article:

Monday, 15 January 2018

Eye Specialist: Why Parents Should Not Leave Their Child’s Squint Untreated

Squint or strabismus is a common condition that usually occurs in young children before they reach preschool age. According to Patient, an online health platform, it affects about 1 in 20 children in the U.K. A squint develops when the child’s eye muscles don’t work together properly in a way that prevents the eyes from looking in the same direction. One eye may look straight ahead, while the other could point inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards.

One costly mistake you can make as a parent is leave squint untreated. Although some children can learn to adapt in due time, strabismus is far from a simple cosmetic issue it appears to be. It can have a significant impact on your child’s health and wellbeing, too. Early correction with help from an eye specialist in London or elsewhere can help children avoid problems caused by squint. Read more from this article:

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Eye Allergies or Dry Eye Syndrome? A Visit to Your Eye Clinic Can Clear Things Up

Dry eyes and ocular allergies are two of the most commonly experienced eye-related problems today, apart from those that can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Yet, despite the differences between the two, it is quite easy to mistake one for the other as the symptoms of each may be similar. What you thought was a simple case of allergies might actually be dry eye syndrome.

So, instead of self-medicating with antihistamine eye drops left over from last allergy season, it might be best to visit a nearby eye clinic in London. A qualified ophthalmologist will conduct a proper diagnosis and prescribe the right treatment.

Allergic Conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis or eye allergy occurs when a person interacts with usually harmless allergens found in the environment, such as pollen, dust mites, cat dander, etc. When this happens, a substance called histamine is released which then causes itching, swelling and redness. In most cases, this doesn’t require serious medical intervention. Read more from this article:

Thursday, 14 December 2017

What You Need to Know – and Do – While Recovering from Cataracts Surgery

When you’ve invested a lot of time and resources into having cataracts surgery, you’ll want to make the most out of what it can give you. This involves taking good care of yourself after the fact, preventing complications and pulling yourself farther along the road to improved vision.

Here are several things you need to know – and do – after surgery.

The first step to aftercare

Though it might sound like a basic reminder, cataract surgery aftercare starts with you getting home safely. Make sure someone fetches you at the hospital or clinic; do not attempt to drive or take public transportation by yourself. A protective cover will be over the eye that was just operated on, and you may not have any feeling in that eye for the first several hours after surgery. Read more from this article:

Monday, 11 December 2017

Preventing Computer Vision Syndrome: Everyday Tips and Treatments from an Eye Clinic

If there’s one thing we all see clearly these days, it’s that everyone seems glued to digital devices. It’s not the healthiest activity; prolonged periods bending over a screen causes everything from dry eyes and blurred vision to headaches, and neck or shoulder pain. But using computers, tablets, and smartphones are now inevitable for both work and recreation.

Here are several tips on how to avoid digital eye strain, or computer vision syndrome – the set of problems some researchers have gone so far as to call the “number one occupational hazard of the 21st century.”

Follow the 20-20-20 rule

You’ve heard that perfect vision is graded as 20-20. Nowadays, good eye health is all about the 20-20-20. Read more from this article:

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Don’t Mistake Your Child’s Learning-Related Vision Problems for Learning Disability

When a child experiences difficulty in reading and writing or sees numbers and letters in reverse, it’s easy to dismiss the symptoms as dyslexia. However, many parents might be unaware that these learning-related issues may just be undiagnosed vision problems. Learning-related vision problems often mimic the symptoms ADD, dyslexia or other learning disabilities.

Even if your child’s eye screening results show him to have 20/20 vision, a typical eye exam doesn’t take into account eye movement or visual processing deficiencies. It is recommended to bring your children to a specialist eye surgeon for a functional vision exam. Watch out for these vision problems that could be hindering a student’s progress in school.

Directionality Confusion

Is your child reversing letters and numbers because of inability to distinguish right from left? This is normal behaviour for first grade students since they haven’t developed directionality skills yet. But if the child is already in second grade and the laterality confusion still persists, it might be a sign of a visual processing problem. He or she might also have trouble differentiating between the shape, size and color of objects. Read more from this article: