Do you worry thatevery time you go to the opticiansyou will find out that you need much stronger glasses? Read on!
Myopia is when you have trouble seeing things far away. It happens when light entering your eye is focused before it reaches the back of your eye. It gets worse if your eye gets longer over time.
Glasses can clear your central vision by bending the light so it focuses perfectly on the back of your eye.
However, standard glasses and contact lenses can leave the peripheral image focused behind the eye. This may stimulate the eye to grow longer in an effort to clear the peripheral image, causing you to become more short-sighted.
New lenses and contact lenses are going into production. These can focus the peripheral image on, or in front of, the retina. This can reduce the likelihood of the eye elongating in an effort to clear it, slowing down the progression of your myopia. Watch this space for their availability at the practice.
Dr. James Loughman, Lecturer at the Optometry Department of the DIT is our resident Optometrist in Blanchardstown on Wednesday evenings and Sundays. James is also the Chair of the ” Giving Sight National Committee in Ireland”.
James gets out on the ground delivering eye-care to the poorest in the world. Spectacles were dispensed to 600 people in Nampula in November, bringing to a total of 2,838. Most of these patients were new to spectacles and many of them practically blind. Imagine the different to their quality of life.
Transform lives when you contribute to our repair box for Mozambique.
We do not charge for small repairs which involve our own time only, but we do encourage you to make a contribution to the Mozambique Eye-care project.
Smoking has been linked to various eye conditions. One of the most serious is macular degeneration.
As it progresses, macular degeneration means a loss of central vision, affecting your ability to read, drive and recognize faces. It is a leading cause of blindness in people over 65. There is no known cure.
Research shows that smokers are up to four times more likely to develop macular degeneration than non-smokers.
One study shows that, just one year after giving up smoking your risk of macular degeneration can bereduced by almost 7%.
Your eyesight is precious. It’s never too late to quit!