March 29th, 2013
We continue this series of top threats to your eyes by Mary Browne F.A.O.I. who is based at our Rathmines branch. Cataracts are something we can look forward to see much more of as we all live longer. Perhaps some day we can look forward to a less invasive solution to curing the problem.
There’s a lens inside the eye like a clear lump of jelly. When we’re younger, it changes shape to help you focus up close. Over time, this lens can become cloudy, causing blurred vision.
The lens in the eye is made up of water and protein. With age, the protein tends to clump, causing the lens to become opaque.
- Blurry vision
- Glare at night time
- Yellowing, or fading of colours
- Sensitivity to light
- Frequent need to change the spectacle prescription
- Double vision in one eye
Risk Factors for Cataract
Over the age of 80, more than 50% of people will develop a cataract
After trauma to the eye or surrounding area, a cataract may develop
Children can be born with cataracts, or they can develop in childhood.
Can occur in UV exposure, diabetes, or as a complication after eye surgery. Smoking is also thought to be linked to cataracts.
- Wear sunglasses
- Don’t smoke
- Diabetics should keep blood sugars under control.
- A surgeon will make an small incision in the white part of the eye (sclera)
- The cloudy lens is broken up, and then removed from the capsule (a clear membrane that holds it in place)
- A clear artificial lens is inserted into the capsule, allowing light to pass through to the back of the eye again
- Often, some time after the procedure has been carried out, there may be further blurring of vision due to thickening of the posterior part of the capsule. This will mimic the effect of the original cataract. This can easily be thinned with laser by an ophthalmologist in just a few minutes, returning the vision to the original post-operative clarity.
February 25th, 2012
Some cheaper anti-glare coatings can make glasses very difficult to keep clean. These budget coatings get smudged very easily, should anything touch them. Most glasses wearers know how irritating it can be, constantly cleaning grubby lenses.
We recommend a Crizal Forte anti-glare lens coat. This scotchgard coating has a number of great benefits:
- It is very tough, and doesn’t scratch easily.
- It’s smudge resistant, and will stay cleaner than other lenses.
- It is also easier to clean, when it does get dirty .
- It lets through 99% of light, (up to 30% more light than cheaper alternatives), and minimises reflections and glare.
It’s a little more expensive than standard anti glare coatings, but well worth it when you consider the extra benefits.
March 14th, 2011
Vision and VDUs
Are you feeling goggle-eyed after prolonged VDU use? Are your eyes red and sore towards the end of the day?
Read on for some top tips to make computer use less tiring on your eyes.
ABC for your VDU
Use the 20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes look 20 metres away for 20 seconds.
This will help stop your eye muscles cramping and make it easier to relax your eyes at the end of the day.
People tend to blink less when doing concentrated work. Remind yourself to blink more often. This will help to stop your eyes drying out when using a VDU. Avoid staring at your screen like a zombie!.
Uncorrected prescriptions can make it tiring on the computer. Get your eyes tested and find out if your vision can be improved for VDU use.
Lubricating eye drops are often a great way to keep your eyes comfortable when using a VDU.
Book your eye test today and find out how we can help you with your visual comfort when using your computer.
July 24th, 2010
It’s nice to go back to the same person for your eye test every time. Most people tend to stick to the same optician that they know and trust when having their eyes tested.
In the current economic climate, it’s tempting to shop around when buying their glasses in the hope that you will find the best deal.
The problem arises if you have difficulty getting used to your new glasses. If you get your glasses in a different place, it’s likely that they will blame any problems you have on the prescription you obtained elsewhere. This means that you may have to return to the original practice to try and find the source of the problem.
Even if only a minor adjustment in the prescription is needed, it is difficult for the first shop to change the glasses, as you’ve paid somebody else to make them.
If you get your test and glasses from us, we will take a lot of care to make sure that you won’t have any problems with your glasses. We’re more than happy to help you through the whole process, and make sure that you leave us totally satisfied with your experience.
We have been in business for 25 years and wish to thank thousands of loyal and regular patients over those years. Out motto is “Service for Life”.
That is our commitment to you.
June 5th, 2010
Well if they do they don’t fit.
This is particularly true for many men, who notice dents on their nose or between their eyes and ear.
Your frame may not be wide enough or properly fitted.
Great quality frame ranges have models which are comfortable, light and stylish. We believe that our range are a lot wider than most others.
So if you find it hard to find glasses that don’t dig into the sides of your head?
If so, call in and ask for fames that really fit. … you might just find your first pair of comfortable frames!
April 5th, 2010
Did you know that watery eyes can be a symptom of dry eyes?
If your tears aren’t oily enough, they will evaporate more quickly, leaving your eyes red, gritty and dry. When this happens, your eyes will compensate by producing extra tears. But because the tears aren’t good quality, they often run down your face, instead of remaining on your eye and doing the job they’re supposed to.
This can be more noticeable when you’re doing concentrated work like reading or driving, as your eyes become irritated when you blink less. Also, when you’re outdoors, your eyes may also water as the wind also aggravates dry eyes.
There are numerous drops available for dry eyes. Most of them are quite watery, and give only very temporary relief. Eye ointments will remain in your eyes for longer, but are quite greasy, so are usually only suitable for night time as they can blur your vision..
My favourite eye drops are Hylo-Tear. These have just the right consistency. They are oily and silky, but not so viscous that they will blur your vision. Every time you blink, they re-coat the eye, giving lasting relief.
They have a clever pump action, releasing each drop without letting germs in, so you can keep them for 3 months from opening if they’re not already empty!
They are slightly more expensive than other eye drops, but well worth it.
Mary Browne F.A.O.I.
March 20th, 2010
Patient aged 90 treats herself to new Versace spectacles, you can too!
Only last week one of our regular patients decided to make a fashion statement and treat herself to a beautiful Versace frame. Without knowing the brand before she made her final decision – she chose it on the basis of comfort, fit & quality. So age does not matter when it comes to style and taste. Discerning clients develop a lifetime of making good choices.
We try to help you by having our latest styles listed online for your viewing.