US Scientists Create Glasses to Prevent Near Sightedness

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US Scientists Create Glasses to Prevent Near Sightedness

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Jay and Maureen Neitz, professors of ophthalmology at the UW School of Medicine collaborated to create a pair of therapeutic glasses that children with regular vision can wear to prevent myopia for life. The glasses, which can’t repair damage that has already occurred, can be taken off at the end of adolescence, when the eyes stop growing and aim to prevent near-sightedness.

By 2050, 5 billion people across the globe will have myopia, according to a 2016 study in the Journal of Ophthalmology. At least 1 billion of those people will have high myopia, making it the number-one blinding disease in the world.

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We’re not all going to rush out and get the pair of glasses just yet, so our team of optometrists have come up with the following advice to help your children:

1. Ensure your children wear their glasses or contact lenses and keep their prescription up to date with a regular eye examination.
2. Ensure they eat a healthy diet, although there isn’t a direct link between a poor diet and increase in myopia, proper nutrition is essential is maintaining good eye health.
3. Encourage your children to spend more time outdoors. A lack of natural light is known to increase myopia. Just an hour day outside, playing sport or running around makes a huge difference to their general vision and health.

Read more Link: http://ophthalmology.washington.edu/news/seattle-scientists-have-invented-glasses-might-stop-surging-cases-nearsightedness-children

Book your child for an eye examination today click here

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Get Yourself Through the Hay Fever Season

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Get Yourself Through the Hay Fever Season

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As the hay fever season sets upon us, the Science of the Total Environment has published a map showing the allergenic pollen vegetation in the UK. It’s aimed at helping allergy sufferers by identifying 12 key allergic vegetation types and created maps to show density of each one across the country, helping sufferers to manage their condition by reducing their exposure if they live and work in one of these areas.

The study shows that UK has one of the highest prevalence of doctor diagnosed asthma affecting 10% of the adult population and approximately 80% of people with asthma also have a pollen allergy. According to NHS choices there are 10 million hay fever sufferers in the UK.

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If you do suffer from hay fever our optometrist have this advice for you:

  • Always keep an eye on the pollen count in the news that way you’ll know how bad the symptoms may get;
  • Get a pollen filter for your car and keep the car windows closed;
  • Stay indoors when the pollen count is over 50 and keep windows and door closed;
  • Avoid grassy areas and freshly cut grass;
  • Take a shower often shampooing your hair if you’ve been outdoors for a long period of time;
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes;
  • If your eyes feel itchy splash cold water on them;
  • Seek medical advice from the pharmacist of doctors if the symptoms get worse. There are many over the counter and prescription medication that can help.

Senior optometrist and clinical director of Realeyes – The Eye Clinic, Javed Kanani, reminds us: “Itchy eye can be irritating but can also be mistaken for hay fever, in many cases patients are actually suffering from dry eyes. Dry eyes syndrome is a common condition where your eyes don’t make enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. We run a specialist dry eyes clinic in all our stores which will ensure you get an accurate diagnosis and your dry eye condition isn’t mixed up with another conditions like hay fever. Once our specialist optician has given you a comprehensive eye examination, they will measure the volume of your tears and check their quality. They will talk you through some treatment options which work for you and your lifestyle.”

You can book a consultation with our optometrist today by clicking here.

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Age Related Macular Degeneration – The Facts

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Age Related Macular Degeneration – The Facts

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Whether you have heard of it or not, age-related macular degeneration accounts for almost 50% of those registered as visually impaired in the UK.

What exactly is Macular Degeneration?

The macula is an area at the back of your eye that you use for seeing fine detail such as watching television or reading a book. It is a painless condition. Macular degeneration happens when the macula becomes damaged. The most common forms of macular degeneration happen more as you become older and are known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). There are two types: dry and wet.

Dry AMD This form characterises in a slow deterioration of vision and is the more common of the two conditions.

Wet AMD This tends to be more sudden in onset, sometimes with a dramatic decline in your central vision, usually in one eye.

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What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can vary according to the type and stage of AMD present. Many people do not experience symptoms in the early stages of dry AMD. Some people simply notice that things appear blurry or they have difficulty reading with their normal reading glasses. As the macula cells deteriorate, people may notice that straight lines appear distorted or wavy. People with AMD may notice that they become sensitive to bright light or they find it difficult to adapt when going from a dark to a light environment.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, arrange an appointment at your nearest Realeyes branch.

What are the causes?

Dry AMD is caused by a gradual breakdown of light sensitive cells in the macula. Wet AMD is caused when abnormal blood vessels begin to grow behind the macula and leak fluid or cause scarring. There are certain risk factors associated with macular degeneration:

  • Age – most prominent in over 65’s.
  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet – lacking in anti-oxidants or high in saturated fats.
  • Over exposure to UV light
  • Obesity The exact cause is not yet known, so you may develop it even if you do not have any of these risk factors.

What is the treatment for AMD?

Although there is currently no treatment for dry AMD, our optometrists will be able to advise you on lifestyle adjustments to minimise further progression, such as taking specific nutritional supplements. Wet AMD can often be treated if it is caught early enough. At Realeyes, our optometrists routinely check for any changes in the macula and specific tests are carried out if macular degeneration is suspected or observed. If there are signs of macular degeneration, you may be referred to a hospital ophthalmologist for a full diagnosis.

Written by our in-house optometrist Shazia Kanani, who is based at our Wembley store.

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Can I really eat my way to healthy eyesight?

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Can I really eat my way to healthy eyesight?

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Yes, that’s right, what you eat does impact your eyes! Having a healthy, balanced diet not only keeps you in good shape but also affects the functionality of the eyes. Read on and find out more.

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OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

Main Benefits Lowering blood pressure
Reducing inflammation
Reducing risks of heart attacks and strokes
Benefits for the eyes Crucial role in visual development and retinal function
Helps reduce dry eyes
Reduced risk of macula degeneration (largest cause of blindness)
Reduces the risks of diabetic retinopathy
Reduced risk of glaucoma
Food containing omega-3 fatty acids Oily fish (mackerel, salmon, sardines)
Flaxseeds
Chia seeds
Walnuts
Soybeans
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LUTEIN & ZEAXANTHIN

Main Benefits It can slow the progression of age related macula degeneration
Reduce the progression of nuclear (central) cataract
Reduces glare sensitivity
Food containing Lutein & Zeaxanthin Kale
Spinach
Basil
Lettuce
Asparagus
Broccoli
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VITAMIN C + E

Main Benefits Reduced immune system deficiencies
Reduced cardiovascular disease
Reduces skin wrinkling
For the eyes Reduces risk of cataract
Reduces risk of age related macula degeneration
Food containing
vitamin C and E
Peppers
Guava
Strawberries
Mango
Sunflower seeds
Kale
Orange juice
Pomegranate
Pumpkin
Tomatoes
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VITAMIN A AND ZINC

Main Benefits Normal functioning of the immune system
Regulation of gene expression
Embryonic development
Improves cardiovascular health
Supports reproductive health
Avoids depression
For the eyes Reduces risks for macula degeneration
Reduces risks for dry eyes
Food containing
vitamin A and Zinc
Red Meat
Poultry
Pumpkin seeds
Chick Peas
Carrots
Sweet Potatoes
Kale
Cocoa powder
Cashews
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There are a lot of supplements available which incorporate these vitamins and minerals, however sourcing them from natural products is highly recommended. It’s cheaper and tastes better too!

However, do remember, nutrients are most potent when they come from food rather than supplements. Having a healthy well-balanced diet will incorporate a good amount of the nutrients required to keep your eyes healthy.

Written by our in-house optometrist Zainab Kanani, who is based at our Wembley store.

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What to Expect From Your Eye Examination

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What to Expect From Your Eye Examination

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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.

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