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

Doing Your Bit for the Environment. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle what are the options for Spectacles and Lenses?

The mere fact that many millions of people globally wear spectacles, particularly in developed nations where strong marketing pressure encourages consumers to regularly turnover spectacles for fashion reasons, has caused an ethical dilemma; what do we do with them when we no longer want them? Will they create endless mountains of landfill, or can they be recycled ethically and sustainably? Donating to Charity It may be simple to suggest that unwanted spectacles be donated to various charities that can sort and distribute the spectacles appropriately to regions where they are most needed. Indeed, the Lions Club via partnerships with other


Whilst there are many signs that may indicate the possible need for glasses, these five are the most common we experience in our clinics: Difficulty reading road signs & TV subtitles – if you’re far enough away from anything then you’ll most likely find it hard to see, but there’s a difference between just being too far away and experiencing blurred or distorted vision. Refractive error is a general term to describe the eye’s inability to refract (bend) light accurately to form a sharp image on the retina. It is the formation of this sharp image that is perceived as

CONTACT LENSES – The Advantages versus Disadvantages

For all those of you who wear glasses – Have you ever wanted to: Play sport without sweat pouring down your lenses Enjoy water activities without water splashing over the lenses Change the colour of your eyes for a fancy dress party Get relief from a corneal irritation such as with ingrown eyelashes? If you said yes to any of the above then Contact Lenses may be the solution for you. Read on to find out more about the pros and cons of wearing contact lenses.  If you still have questions book an appointment with your optometrist to discuss any

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