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Looking deeper into Glaucoma

Looking deeper into Glaucoma

Cirrus HD-OCT: Revealing the complete picture. Cirrus HD-OCT offers the ultimate benefit for people livingwith glaucoma – the best possible care. Early detection helps your optometrist to diagnose and control glaucoma before permanent damage is done. If you have glaucoma or are developing glaucoma, Cirrus HD-OCT enables your optometrist to watch closely for the slightest… Read More


Miraflex For Your Kids

Miraflex For Your Kids

New technologies and equipment have enabled early diagnosis of vision problems from the very first months of life. With appropriate corrections, these challenges can be resolved early in the child’s life, resulting in improved learning and communication skills. However, to achieve optimum results in the shortest time period, it is necessary to intervene using the… Read More


The New Optometrists Malawi

The New Optometrists Malawi

The New OptometristsMzuzu, MalawiOctober, 2012 World Sight Day 2012 marked the official handover of a new optometry training centre to the Malawi School of Optometry, made possible through the generosity of Canadian optometrist, Dr. Allan Jones and the eye care charity, Canadian Vision Care. In the lead up to the ceremony, Dr. Jones spent some… Read More


Television and Vision

Television and Vision

Eye care experts generally agree: Watching television will not harm your eyes or vision if the TV room is lit properly and if you follow a few viewing tips. In fact, there is usually less strain involved in TV viewing than in doing close work such as sewing or reading. But TV watching for long… Read More


Reading and Vision

Reading and Vision

Good vision is vital to reading well. And although vision may not be the only cause of reading difficulties, it is one that is sometimes overlooked. Eight vision skills needed to read Reading requires the integration of eight different vision skills. Only one is checked by the typical school eye chart test. Quick eye examinations… Read More


Mature Vision

Mature Vision

Most changes in vision occur in the early and later years of life. Although some people may discover they have nearsightedness — or difficulty seeing at a distance — as late as their mid-20s, vision typically stabilizes during the late teen years. From then until around age 40, vision typically changes little, if at all…. Read More


How the Eye Works

How the Eye Works

Our ability to “see” starts when light reflects off an object at which we are looking and enters the eye. As it enters the eye, the light is unfocused. The first step in seeing is to focus the light rays onto the retina, which is the light sensitive layer found inside the eye. Once the… Read More


Children’s Vision

Children’s Vision

About 80 percent of all babies are born farsighted — able to see objects clearly at a distance but less clearly close up. Some five percent are born nearsighted, or unable to see objects at a distance clearly. Approximately 15 percent are born with nothing wrong with the refractive parts of the eye — the… Read More


Spots & Floaters

Spots & Floaters

Do you occasionally see specks or threadlike strands drifting across your field of vision? Then, when you try to look at them, do they seem to dart away? If so, you’re seeing what eye care practitioners call spots or floaters. While almost everyone sees a few spots at one time or another, they can occur… Read More


Myopia

Myopia

If you can see objects nearby with no problem, but reading road signs or making out the writing on the board at school is more difficult, you may be near- or shortsighted. This condition is known as myopia, a term that comes from a Greek word meaning “closed eyes.” Myopia is not a disease, nor… Read More


Keratoconus

Keratoconus

Poor vision that cannot be corrected fully with glasses may indicate a condition known as conical cornea or keratoconus. A rare condition, keratoconus primarily affects people in their early 20’s. With keratoconus, the cornea, the “clear window” at the front of the eye, may become thin and bow outwards. It is this irregular distortion of… Read More


Hyperopia

Hyperopia

If you can see objects at a distance clearly but have trouble focusing well on objects close up, you may be farsighted. Farsightedness or long-sightedness is often referred to by its medical names, hypermetropia or hyperopia. Hyperopia causes the eyes to exert extra effort to see close up. After viewing near objects for an extended… Read More


Double Vision

Double Vision

If you see two of whatever you are looking at, you may have a condition known as double vision, also referred to as diplopia. Double and blurred vision are often thought to be the same, but they are not. In blurred vision, a single image appears unclear. In double vision, two images are seen at… Read More


Cataracts

Cataracts

While a comprehensive eye examination can determine for certain if you have a cataract forming, there are a number of signs and symptoms that may indicate a cataract. Among them are: Gradual blurring or hazy vision where colors may seem yellowed; The appearance of dark spots or shadows that seem to move when the eye… Read More


Astigmatism

Astigmatism

If you experience a distortion or blurring of images at all distances — nearby as well as far — you may have astigmatism. Even if your vision is fairly sharp, headache, fatigue, squinting and eye discomfort or irritation may indicate a slight degree of astigmatism. A thorough eye examination, including tests of near vision, distant… Read More


Styes

Styes

A small area of redness and pain on the margin of your eyelid may indicate that you have a stye, known in medical terms as an external hordeolum. A stye is a blocked gland at the edge of the lid that has become infected by bacteria, usually Staphylococcus aureus. The area of redness and pain… Read More


Glaucoma

Glaucoma

The most scary thing about glaucoma is that it can steal your vision gradually and without your noticing. The best defense against glaucoma is a regular eye examination. Glaucoma most often strikes people over age 50. But it is recommended that during adult life everyone be tested at least every two years. Some people with… Read More


Dry Eye

Dry Eye

If your eyes sting, itch or burn, you may be experiencing the common signs of “dry eye.” A feeling of something foreign within the eye or general discomfort may also signal dry eye. What is dry eye? Dry eye describes eyes that do not produce enough tears. The natural tears that your eyes produce are… Read More


Diabetes

Diabetes

Diabetes, a disease that prevents your body from making or using insulin to break down sugar in your bloodstream, can affect your eyes and your vision. Fluctuating or blurring of vision, intermittent double vision, loss of peripheral vision and flashes and floaters within the eyes may be symptoms related to diabetes. Sometimes the early signs… Read More


Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis

Red, watery eyes, inflamed lids, blurred vision and a sandy or scratchy feeling in the eyes may indicate that you have conjunctivitis. Pus-like or watery discharge around the eyelids may indicate an infectious form of the disease, commonly known as “pink eye.” Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, a thin, transparent layer… Read More


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