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Treating Dry Eye Syndrome

Many people suffer from this but are not sure what to do, apart from use drops to help relieve it, only to find it come back again. Our every day life is changing and more and more people are experiencing it. Many factors can cause dry eye syndrome but simply covering them up is not the answer. The most common form of dry eyes is what we call evaporative dry eyes. This is where the tears evaporate quickly. Less commonly is aqueous deficient dry eye. This is where we fail to produce enough tears to maintain a healthy eye surface. We can use drops but this will not solve the problem, it will just simply cover it up. Some of the causes of dry eye syndrome are; side affects from medications, ski

Cataracts Explained!

A cataract is when the crystalline lens inside your eye becomes opaque, or cloudy and no longer transparent. This can occur at birth (congenital cataract) or following an accident (traumatic cataract). The most common type of cataract forms just as part of the normal ageing process and is mainly due to the accumulation of UV light exposure over the whole of your life. Proteins gather together inside the lens and once enough of them ‘clump’ together they will begin to make your vision less clear or a bit hazy. In the early stages your optometrist may refer to these as ‘lens opacities’ and will simply note them and monitor their progress with subsequent eye examinations.[if gte vml 1]><v:shap

Our Experience With Polaroid Lenses

We were lucky enough to enjoy a trip to Chamonix in the French Alps this year. What a perfect opportunity to try a pair from our Maui Jim Polarised Sunglasses Range! These amazing shades block 100% of harmful UVA and UVB rays while eliminating 99.9% of glare. I had a non-prescription pair of Maui Jim Sunglasses and our dispensing optician had Maui Passport Prescription Sunglasses that gave her all the great benefits of a regular Maui Jim combined with a custom prescription. We took a cable car from Chamonix to Aiguille du Midi a mountain in the Mont Blanc Massif, at a height of 12,605ft. Temperature was -10 degrees! Couple this with a wind chill -21 degrees and you can see why warm clothing

Keratoconus Explained!

Keratoconus is the most common dystrophy of the cornea, affecting around one person in a thousand although some reports indicate prevalence as high as 1 in 500 individuals. It is typically diagnosed in the mid to late teens and attains its most severe state in the twenties and thirties. Keratoconus in detail Keratoconus is a degenerative non-inflammatory disorder of the cornea (the front window of the eye) and generally affects both eyes. The underlying problem is weakness of the supporting collagen fibres in the cornea. This makes the cornea structurally and biomechanically "weak". As a result, the cornea assumes a more conical shape with resultant irregular astigmatism. The progression of

Conjunctivitis Explained!

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an inflammation of the outermost layer of the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid. Itching of the eye is more common in cases due to allergies. Conjunctivitis can affect one or both eyes. The most common infectious causes are viral followed by bacterial. Viral conjunctivitis is an infection of the eye in which one or both eyes become red and uncomfortable. The condition is not normally serious and in most cases clears up without treatment. However, it is highly infectious and care needs to be taken to prevent others from becoming infected, for example by not sharing towels. In terms of treatment, antibiotics are ineffective aga

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