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Pretty important eh?  We’re always being told to look after our skin, our heart, our gut, but it’s also important to invest some time and effort in making sure your eyes are also on form.  For starters, we’d recommend a healthy diet, a decent pair of sunnies and yearly check ups.  If you’d like to find out more, do read on to discover what your eyes could be at risk of…

Common Conditions

Short sightedness (myopia)

This condition blurs the sight in the distance and is typically caused by the eyeball growing too big. It often starts to effect people in their teens and early twenties and is easily treated through spectacles and contact lenses.  The number of people with short-sightedness is growing due to a mixture of environmental and genetic factors.

Long sightedness (hyperopia)

This tends to show up either in children or after the age of 40. It initially causes blurry vision when viewing objects up close (e.g. when reading) but it can affect mid- to long-range vision as well.  It is important to correct this early in children to prevent the onset of lazy eyes and squints and to allow the development of normal vision.  Adults do not tend to get lazy eyes or squints but can suffer from blurred vision and headaches.

Astigmatism

This is where your eyes become rugby ball shaped and cause ghosting or shadowing of objects.  We can easily remedy this with a pair of specs or contact lenses. 

Cataracts

Much like a camera your eye has a lens, this lens grows thicker with age, and it can even turn hazy – this is cataract.  We can slow the onset of cataract by protecting our eyes from UV rays (typically with sunglasses) and by being generally healthy in our lifestyles. Unfortunately certain illnesses and medication can provoke the condition and our optometrists will discuss any of these risk factors with you at your appointment.  Our advanced technologies Optomap and OCT can scan through cataract ensuring the rest of the eye remains healthy, so we always recommend scans for cataract patients.

Macula Degeneration

Typically effecting older patients, this condition effects central sight making reading and recognising faces difficult. There are two types of this condition: dry and wet. Dry degenerations progress slowly and do not require medical treatment; wet degenerations typically progress quicker but can be treated with medication. It is important to discover these complications early as both can be helped by lifestyle changes and it is important to know whether there is treatment or not. OCT scans enable us to see the disruption in detail, allowing us to give you the best advice.

Glaucoma

This complaint results in tunnel vision caused by damage to the nerves linking the eye to the brain. It is associated with high pressure in the eye in 70% of cases but in 30% of patient conventional tests do not detect the complaint until they start to lose peripheral sight. OCT scans can be directed at the optic nerve to monitor its health, so small changes can be detected early and where appropriate referred to start treatment before any sight is lost. 

Retinal Holes, Tears, Detachments, Cancers

All these can occur within the eye, and historically optometrists were limited in their diagnosis by the amount of the internal eye that was visible.  However, the advent of Optomap technology enables our experienced team to spot and advise on how to manage any of these issues.