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What is a cataract?

What is a cataract?

Our eyes are made up of different parts, each with their own important functions. Inside the eye, just behind the colured part (the iris) with a black hole in the middle (the pupil) is the natural lens. Normally the lens is clear and its main function is to focus light into our eyes for clear vision. When a cataract develops the natural lens becomes cloudy and prevents light from passing through it. At first, a cataract has little effect on vision but as time goes by a gradual blurring of vision which can’t be corrected by wearing glasses may occur....

Dangers of Blue Light

Dangers of Blue Light

Many studies have been done on the effects of blue light on our bodies. One of the main effects is suppression of melatonin production. Melatonin is an important hormone for sleep pattern regulation with increased levels at night. The use of blue light emitting devices (digital screens) lowers melatonin production which in turn keeps the brain more alert and not able to ‘switch off’ for a good nights rest. It has been found that people using digital devices before sleeping, take longer to wake up and are sleepier during the day. There is no current proof that blue light affects...

Top 5 questions asked about an eye test

Top 5 questions asked about an eye test

Top 5 questions asked about an eye test 1) My child really wants spectacles – how will the eye care practitioner know if they really need them or not? During the eye test, the practitioner can use different types of instruments and tests to check if a spectacle prescription is required. These are called objective tests, such as an auto refractor, which is an electronic device and also a retinoscope, where by shining light into the patient’s eyes, the practitioner can calculate the prescription. Both of these instruments are helpful when a patient might not be so co-operative.2) I have...

How to wash your hands before wearing contact lenses!

How to wash your hands before wearing contact lenses!
Practicing good hand hygiene before handling your contact lenses is essential. This is especially important during these times.

40 and over

40 and over

40 and over :- Does small print appear blurred, especially under low light conditions or maybe when you are tired?Do you have to push the print further away from you to be able to read it? Then most probably you have PRESBYOPIA. This happens to most of us over 40, due to the lens in your eye which becomes stiffer, causing focussing problems for close work. The good news is that nowadays there are many convenient solutions. So, what are your options?? You can have a pair of reading spectacles which can be used just for reading and close work,...

How to Insert & Remove your Contact lenses Safely

How to Insert & Remove your Contact lenses Safely

For all those contact lens wearers out there, and also for any aspiring contact lens wearers, here are some important steps to take before inserting and removing your lenses. ALWAYS wash your hands with soap and water, then dry them well with a paper towel. Do not let any water get in contact with your lenses. Set up the area were you are going to put on your lenses. If you are wearing your lenses over a sink, make sure you close this with a sink plug, so you will not lose any lens if it falls. If you are...

Taking care of your spectacles - DO's and DONT's

Taking care of your spectacles - DO's and DONT's

How do I clean my spectacles?

How do I look after them?

Here are some of the important DO’s and DON’T’s of looking after your specs!

Keeping in focus

Keeping in focus

Spring is in the air… or at least that is what the calendar is telling us.  I wouldn’t really know because like you I am stuck at home juggling work, children and household chores.  But …the calendar does not lie, Argh! But how can I look forward to spring when I can’t even look ahead? I hear you ask… lock down, quarantine, no shops, no hair dressers, no salons… it is getting to us.  At least we can solve one problem.  There is no need to ration your contact lenses.  No… I am not suggesting that you break quarantine or take an...

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