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Laser Eye Surgery Blog

Myopia is becoming the new normal

Many of us who live in cities and work from a desk so most day-to-day activities happen within a few feet of our faces. Being able to see anything further than a car approaching in the distance is essentially unnecessary. It’s no surprise, then, that rates of myopia have been soaring over recent years. According to a 2019 study in the Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science journal, more than 32 percent of the world’s population has myopia, otherwise known as near or shortsightedness. The highest levels… Read more

Myopia is becoming the new normal

Do eye health supplements really work?

Health supplements are a modern invention. Yet, after a few minutes of browsing the shelves of Holland and Barratt or just your local supermarket, you could be fooled into thinking they’re essential for everyone to maintain a basic standard of health. Together, all products or supplements that aim to improve your health—multivitamins, protein powders, detox tonics, etc.—make up a multi-million-pound global industry. The fact is, they’re convenient, incredibly-well branded, and often promise for results that no vegetable or piece of fruit ever… Read more

Do eye health supplements really work?

Can gene therapy cure blindness?

From designer babies to stem cell therapy, every week there are stories that describe their promise as a miracle cure or layout their risks and explain why they should be avoided at all costs. Gene therapy is a hot topic for the media and, as a treatment that can clearly help millions of people, it should be. But with much-overblown hype and misinformed articles, it’s important to get the facts straight. Gene therapy is a largely unstudied and unproven domain. However, it… Read more

Can gene therapy cure blindness?

Are glasses bad for your eyes?

Glasses as we know them today—framed lenses with sides, or temples, that sit on your face as opposed to being held up by your hand—have only been widely available for the last hundred years or so. Yet, by the sheer number of people who wear them today, the endless number of styles and shapes available, and the ease with which you pull them on and off and wipe a smear on the lens, you would think they’d been around forever. Playing such… Read more

Are glasses bad for your eyes?

Age-related macular degeneration

Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is, in fact, the most common cause of vision loss for people age 50 and older. Even if you have the condition for a long time, you may not experience any vision loss. For some people, however, AMD progresses at a much faster rate and can quickly lead to central vision loss in one or both eyes. This is one reason why it’s important to be aware of AMD and to know how to spot its warning signs. Associated… Read more

Age-related macular degeneration

How to test your vision at home

Being in a dry environment, using a screen for prolonged periods, and even just not being able to look out over the horizon are all factors that can have an impact on our eye health and how well we see. All of this, and not to mention having a bit more extra free time, may get you interested in the possibility of testing your vision at home. Which, with the help of a few online resources and a simple set of instructions,… Read more

How to test your vision at home

What Is A Prescription? [Quick Video]

Mr Glenn Carp – “A prescription is essentially the patient’s refractive error.  When the light enters the eye through the cornea and through the lens to reach the retina it needs to be focused on the retina.  So any little refractive error in the pathway, whether it be in the lens or in the cornea in the front of the eye, will result in some de-focus in terms of the light reaching the retina.  So your prescription essentially is just the correction… Read more

What Is A Prescription? [Quick Video]

Children and eye health care

Every single eye is different. It’s why retinal scanners are so good at identifying you from the crowd. But your eyes are so unique they’re also different from each other. Just take a moment to look in the mirror at each iris, the coloured part of your eye that controls the amount of light that hits your retina. No doubt you’ll see small, random patterns in one iris that appear completely different from the other. Even identical twins don’t share the same… Read more

Children and eye health care

This is why screens are bad for your eyes

Studies dating back to the early 1990s have looked at the effect that prolonged screen use has on our lives and mental health. Everything from depression, breakdown in relationships, reduced work performance, failing academic grades, and degrading eyesight have been linked to an increase in screen time watching TV, using computers, looking at smartphones and, in particular, using the internet and social media. However, research is unclear as to what causes what. For example, people who are feeling down may be likely to… Read more

This is why screens are bad for your eyes

Cataracts is no longer an old age condition

Cataracts are the most common cause of blindness in the world and is expected to account for around 20 million cases of blindness by 2020. Fortunately, cataracts are also a treatable condition. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the world, with over 330,000 cases performed each year in England alone. Here, we’re going to explore this a little further by looking into some of the signs and causes of cataracts and find out what you can do to prevent… Read more

Cataracts is no longer an old age condition

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