My arms aren’t long enough! Do I have to wear reading glasses?

There comes a time when we’ve all had enough birthdays to start to notice that reading small print is getting harder. This is very normal, but doesn’t stop it being very disturbing and upsetting, especially if you’ve otherwise had perfect vision your whole life. This condition called presbyopia, where our arms get too short ;), is where the focussing lens …

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How your eyes are the ‘window’ to your general health

Our bodies are a complex system of interconnected organs. The eyes have some of the smallest blood vessels in your body, and often are the ‘window’ to showing early changes in general health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and changes that may occur due to medications.  Below is a list of a few eye conditions related to …

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How often should you get your eyes examined?

Regular eye examinations form an important part of maintaining good vision and eye health, much the same as regular dental checks are necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Fortunately, for most people, visiting your optometrist is a far less anxiety laden exercise than visiting the dentist. Eye examinations are necessary, even if you feel you do not have a …

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What is an OCT?

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test. It uses visible light to create a 3D model of the retina (the sensory layer at the back of the eye). Unlike MRI or CT scans, OCT does not use radiation and can be used regularly without risk when assessing the eye health. There are many eye conditions that cannot be …

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Top tips when getting an eye examination

Why do I need an eye examination? Regular eye examinations form an important part of maintaining good vision and eye health, much the same as regular dental checks are necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Fortunately, for most people, visiting your optometrist is a far less anxiety laden exercise than visiting the dentist. Eye examinations are necessary, even if …

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UV and the Eye

Moderate exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun is a necessary part of maintaining normal health (read the next blog for more about this!). However, excessive exposure to UVR has no health benefits and actually leads to adverse consequences for not only the skin, but also the eye. Interestingly, the eye occupies less than two percent of the whole …

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