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True or False? Five Common Myths About Your Eyes

There are loads of myths relating to eyes and eyesight, these five are the most commonly encountered in the consulting room. Eating carrots is good for your eyes: this is for the most part true. Carrots contain Carotenoid Pigments that are beneficial in reducing the risk of certain cancers and eye disease such as Macular Degeneration. One particular carotenoid, Beta-Carotene, is converted to Vitamin A. While this is a requirement for good eye health, it’s important to know that it is a fat soluble vitamin and can be toxic in high doses. Fortunately eating large quantities of carrots is unlikely to

How An Optometrist Can Improve Your Golf Handicap.

I’m often asked by my golfing patients “Can you improve my game?” and I have to be honest – if I had a magic bullet to guarantee I could shave five strokes off every golfer’s game I’d be the richest optometrist on Earth! However I can certainly offer advice and suggestions that can make golfing easier for people with vision- related issues. Here are a few things that your optometrist can explore with you that may improve your game: 1. Correcting a focusing error Many people have vision that is not as good as they think. If you are slightly

The Link Between Learning Difficulties in Children and Vision.

Did you know that more than 80% of information that children process, comes through their eyes? In our modern world, before children even have the opportunity to go to school, they are subjected to increasing visual demands through the use of electronic displays (tablets, laptops, mobile phones) -resulting in eye related issues that were hardly noticed in the past by optometrists.  Good vision is vital in many aspects of a child’s life including: educational, social & sporting. What can cause poor vision? Vision is not simply the ability to see small objects or letters far away.  Vision is a complex

New technology helps with Myopia prevention

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

Retinoblastoma

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

Are your eyes at risk in the sun?

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