Myopia, the condition where we can see close up but not far away without a visual correction (glasses, Contact Lenses, orthoK etc) is a growing epidemic. Statistics tells us that there are over 1.5 billion people or almost one quarter of the world’s population that are myopic. In some Asian countries this is closer to 90% of school aged children. One study predicts that over two thirds of the world’s population will be short-sighted by 2050 and a fifth will have high myopia which predisposes the person to significant eye conditions such as retinal detachment. Currently, there are various methods
What is Retinoblastoma? Retinoblastoma is an extremely rare form of cancer of the immature cells of the retina, therefore almost exclusively targeting young children. Although life threatening, most children survive the cancer, however because most cases of the disease are discovered at an advanced stage, the treatment is devastating, necessitating the removal of the affected eye or eyes. In the latter case, this obviously means lifelong blindness. In less severe cases, chemotherapy may be used in an attempt to preserve eye sight. What Causes Retinoblastoma? It is believed to be caused by gene mutations, and may occur in one
People who work or play in the sun for long periods of time are at the greatest risk of UV-related eye conditions. The risk of sun related eye problems is higher for people who: spend long hours in the sun spend time at high altitudes or closer to the equator, since UV radiation is more intense in these areas have had cataract surgery* or have certain retina disorders are on certain medicines, such as tetracycline, sulfa drugs, birth control pills, diuretics and tranquilizers that increase the eye’s sensitivity to light. *If you have had cataract surgery, you may
Just a quick reminder to use your optical health fund benefits, as most funds expire Dec.31. Now is a fantastic time to use this rebate towards a new pair of glasses, prescription sunglasses or contact lenses.