A guide to good eye health

A guide to good eye health As a general rule, we tend to take best care of the parts of the body we can see. We wash our hair religiously, brush our teeth without compromise, bathe our skin in moisturiser, relax our muscles when they are sore. Of course, this makes a lot of sense; it’s difficult to maintain something that’s hidden behind layers and layers of tissue (or clothes). Vital organs like our livers and intestines don’t make an appearance…

Can gene therapy cure blindness?

Can gene therapy cure blindness? There’s a lot of coverage about new “genetic therapies” and techniques and whether or not they’re going to bring about a revolution in medicine. 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…

Age-related macular degeneration

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…

Cataracts is no longer an old age condition

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…

Glaucoma: the silent thief of sight

Glaucoma:The silent thief of sight It’s no surprise that the eye conditions you can physically see never fail to grab our attention. For instance, cataracts is visible as a gradual clouding of the white of the eye. Strabismus is recognised by the eyes pointing in two different directions. Uveitis is noticeable by a lump of fluid that builds up inside the eye. The thing is, there are also many eye conditions that operate in covert and often mysterious ways. Glaucoma is one of these conditions. In fact,…

Smoking and your eyesight

Smoking and your eyesight As a nation, we’re well aware of the risks associated with smoking. From respiratory and cardiovascular diseases to cancers and the accelerated ageing of your skin. Less is known, however, about the many ways that smoking is damaging to one of our most precious organs: the eyes. There are the obvious effects, like the discomfort, irritation, and dryness after spending a night in a smoke-filled club. But the way that tobacco smoke – a toxic mix of more than 7,000…

Summer is Here: How To Look After Your Eyes

Summer is Here: How To Look After Your Eyes Whether your plan is to sip pina coladas on the beach in Cancun or sunbathe with the cat in the back garden, you always want to look you’re best during the summer months. Or, at the very least, you don’t want to look bad i.e. not forgetting to put factor 50 on those rosy cheeks or getting too ambitious and going for the strappy monokini. Although you may not have thought…

How can you tell if you have cataracts?

How can you tell if you have cataracts? The eyes are two globular organs made up of mostly water, salt, and proteins that provide organisms, like us, with vision. And, at least on the surface, that’s all there is to it. But if you stop for a moment and take a deeper look into your own eyes (if you can), you’ll see they also contain two million moving parts in a space that’s just two centimetres wide, making them the…

Practical Tips For Naturally Brighter & Whiter Eyes


Practical Tips For Naturally Brighter & Whiter Eyes They’re the first thing you notice about someone when you meet them, and the last thing you remember when you walk away. It doesn’t matter if the person was six foot or four, was bald or had a thick head of hair, was in their early twenties or late eighties; if their eyes were clear and shining, they were a complete vision of ageless beauty. When was the last time, though, other…

Looking after your eyes on the London tube

Looking after your eyes on the London tube Take a ride on the London underground and you’re destined to see sights you won’t have seen anywhere else. Strange characters dressed up as mythical creatures and dominatrix on their way to work. Longtime commuters sprawled out with shoes off and feet up. Even couples celebrating the best day of their lives by getting married on their favourite line. The problem is, as an enclosed, poorly ventilated environment that’s also full of…