Challenging Myths. Things you can do if you wear glasses.

If you are a spectacle wearer and your vision without your glasses is poor, you may think there are activities you can’t participate in such as swimming.  The good news is that there are many solutions available. Our philosophy is for glasses to enhance your lifestyle so we love finding options for you.  Here are a few of my suggestions to help you enjoy some of your favourite activities and be able to see! Swimming and Glasses Q:  Can I swim with glasses? – this is a common question and concern for patients. A:  One option is to wear contact

Impact of Hayfever on Your Eyes and Vision

The main symptoms of hayfever are red, itchy and watery eyes, blurred vision, a runny nose, sneezing and congestion of the sinuses. Hayfever is a misnomer – the name was coined in the 19th century, when it was widely believed that the smell of hay in the summer “irritated the body”. It was another 30 years before the true cause of hayfever was discovered – pollen. The term “pollen fever” never caught on! What is Hayfever? Hayfever is an allergic reaction to a variety of substances. Most commonly pollen but also dust mites or tiny flecks of saliva or fur from

Why do I need more than one pair of glasses?

Do you ever think to yourself why can’t I just get one set of glasses for everything? Well you are not alone.  Take your mind back to before glasses remember how you could focus your vision clearly at every distance without effort? It can come as a bit of shock when you are told that one set of glasses won’t adequately correct all your visual needs. Let me explain how it all works. As a teenager I was informed that I needed glasses, but in those days the one pair did everything I needed. Of course life was a little

Alzheimers & vision: Eyes may be able to identify early signs of disease

Reduced blood flow in the retina may be a new way to identify early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. One of the most common forms of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease affecting up to70% of people with dementia. We have known about it since the ancient Greeks but it was first classified in the early 1900s and it is mainly found in adults over the age of 65. The damage to the brain results in impaired behaviour, memory, language and the ability to think clearly. The disease can affect people as early as their forties but this is rare. What causes Alzheimers?

Autism and Link with Vision

  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), affects about 1-2% of the population (over 25 million globally).  It is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by difficulties with social interactions, communication and behaviour. Like many multifactorial conditions autism is associated with a combination of genetic and environmental factors such as infections during pregnancy or exposure to various toxins. Whilst we do not know the exact mechanism of ASD we know it affects brain processing by altering the connections and organization of the nerve cells in the brain. The most well-known subtype of ASD is Aspergers Syndrome (often referred to as a much higher functioning

An epidemic of Myopia (Shortsightedness) – What’s going on? What can we do about it?

Over the last 10-20 years there has been a remarkable increase in the incidence of Myopia (Shortsightedness) in many parts of the world. Why is this occurring? And what can we do about it. Myopia occurs when the focus of the eye does not match up with its axial length (depth) so a blurred or unfocused image is projected onto our retina. The eye is too long – often only by a few millimetres! This results in poor distance vision and can cause the sufferer to have problems reading road signs, reading writing on a whiteboard in class or seeing