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What is the Fastest Way to Cure Blepharitis?

Do you find you have crusty, flaky, red or irritable eyelids? That’s what we call Blepharitis, a type of eye infection. Find out what it is and how you can cure it. 

Do I have blepharitis?

Sometimes you may find your eyes are burning, sore or stinging or your eyelids become puffy and greasy. For many of our patients the symptoms are worse when you wake up in the morning. You may find your lids stuck together or an ulcer or stye around your eyes.

How can you help me?

Although blepharitis sounds really painful and dangerous, it really isn’t. If you are concerned you can book an appointment with our optometrist would will recommend a course of treatment. In the meantime, we recommend you avoid eye make-up and being in atmospheres that are smoky.

We also recommend you follow this three step routine to relieve the symptoms of blepharitis:

Step 1 - Warm Compress

Close your eyes and apply a warm compress to your eyes for 5-10 minutes and given them a quick massage afterwards. This will open up the blocked glands in the eyes and and ease the symptoms. You can use an eye bag to help you.

Step 2 - Keep your eyelids clean

Use special lids wipes and wipe your eyes from the inner corner to the outer corner of your eyes twice a day. This will help clear the infection. We recommend Blephaclean wipes which are available in all our stores.

Step 3 - Lubricate

We may ask you to lubricate your eyes with eye drops, after you have completed the above steps. This will replace the ‘tears’ and lubricate your eyes to make them feel more comfortable.

In severe cases you may require antibiotics in addition to the above but we always recommend you seek our professional advice when it comes to Blepharitis.

Am I at risk of blepharitis?

You can get Blepharitis at any age but it is more common in people aged over 50. As you get older, the glands in your eyelids that secrete the special substances can become blocked more easily. Your tears then contain fewer lubricants and your eyes can feel gritty and dry,

Blepharitis causes discomfort in the eyes but it’s rarely dangerous. If you are concerned about blepharitis you can book an eye examination and we’ll be happy to check it out for you and recommend a course of treatment.

If you are concerned about Blepharitis you can book an appointment to see one of our opticians at your local branch

Driving

Help! I Can’t See Properly When Driving in the Dark

Driving at night is a chore and with the winter months setting in faster than we’d like, most of us will be driving to and from work and school runs in hours of darkness.

Do you find the oncoming headlights really difficult to navigate? Do they shine bright into your eyes and you struggle to see blinding you whilst you are driving?

Night time driving has been deemed the most visually demanding task you will encounter. Road casualty statistics show 40% of road collisions occur in the hours of darkness.

We’re always looking for ways to help our patients see better. The good news is we have partnered up with Seiko vision to bring you a great coating we can add to your lenses called RoadClearCoating.

It significantly reduced irritating glare and reflections from oncoming traffic, wet surfaces and other similar things.

The coating can help reduce ghosting effects and haloing around lights when night driving, improve your ability to see and contrast, reducing eyestrain and fatigue.

Older drivers benefit from the road experience but as we get older we can face difficulties with contrast sensitivity, light and dark adaptation, glare, colour perception and restricted field of view; and these difficulties are often exaggerated when driving at night.

It is therefore essential for the older driver to have a regular eye examination and to discuss the lens options and features that will benefit them and enhance their vision for driving at night.

Our highly qualified staff can carry out a comprehensive eye heath examination and help chose the right lens for night time driving.

Top tips for night drivers:

We want you to arrive safely at your destination when driving at night. Book an appointment for an eye examination and we can help you drive better at night. 

What to Expect From Your Eye Examination

What to Expect From Your Eye Examination

Typical Eye Exam

Letter charts, green dots and red dots and sophisticated equipment can leave patients who are coming for an eye test a little confused about what we are actually testing. Here’s a lowdown on what actually happens at an eye test.

Getting to know you and your eyes

When you first come in our testing room you’ll be welcomed by our opticians who will start by obtaining a medical history. We’ll ask lots of questions about your vision, eye health and whether any eye conditions run within the family. It’s crucial for us to know so we’re aware of any special conditions that we may need to investigate further for e.g glaucoma and diabetes.

The equipment we use

Over the last few years, Realeyes has invested heavily in state of the art optical equipment. Our accurate machines test your vision and get an accurate reading of your current prescription. Gone are the days of wearing an overly heavy, uncomfortable metal frame on your face with the hundreds of lenses we add into it to make your vision perfect. We now use a computerised system called a Phoropter to measure the exact glasses prescription to tailor make lenses to your personal needs. If you’re over 40 years old, you will also have your eye pressure measured with our pressure machines – the ‘puffs’ of air are much gentler on the eye.

It’s also important to make sure that you can see in the periphery, especially if you drive or have any concerns, we use our Oculus Smartfield machine to test your visual fields. The machine also allows us to take an in-depth analysis of your visual field.

Using our special Fundus camera, we can also take photos of the back of your eye (a retina), so that we can have an objective measure to compare any changes with future visits to Realeyes. Testing the back of the eye is important to detect and monitor conditions like diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

And for the children…

We have various different tests that we carry out for children too, in particular binocular vision testing, which helps determine your child does not have a lazy eye, colour vision testing and we carry out dyslexia screening for those who may have concerns for their children’s reading ability.

A final report

With all the tests combined, we are able to compile a comprehensive report of your eyes health and vision, which we will talk you through. Having an eye test is not only about whether you need glasses or not but also keep a check on the health of your eye. Unlike other conditions, eye ailments can only be determined by an eye examination by a qualified optician.

We can’t stress enough how important to keep up to date with your regular checkups so we can track any changes that occur with your vision and your eye health.

You can book an appointment today by visiting your local store or booking an appointment online.

Written by our in house optician, Janki Vadgama, who is based at our Streatham  branch.