Posts by Rachel

Dry Eye Syndrome

Frequently asked questions about dry eye Do your eyes feel sore or watery? Does reading or computer work make your eyes feel gritty and scratchy? If so, you may have dry eye syndrome. Ever suffer from symptoms such as: Eyes feeling gritty Sensitivity to light Sore, stingy or burning eyes Blurred vision Eye redness Watery eyes Tired eyes? Eyes that are not properly protected by tears are vulnerable to dust, debris, and bacteria, leading to eye infections. Dry eye syndrome affects many people, and although it can develop at any age, it is more common amongst older people. Up to
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Categories: Eye Conditions and Eye Health.

Sun protection & polarised sunglasses

I think it’s fair to say that most us know that long-term overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun can lead to eye damage and that sunglasses are an effective method of UV protection, but what do we know about sunglasses? Sunglasses vs. sunglasses In New Zealand particularly, we know how important sunscreen and hats are for UV protection, but good sunglasses are just as critical. Wearing a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses that meet the Australian and New Zealand Sunglass Standards can reduce UV radiation exposure to the eyes by up to 98 percent. However, not all sunglasses are
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Categories: Eye Health and Sunglasses.

Itchy eyes – again?

Hay fever horrors Rising sea levels, horrendous storms: climate change is hammering the world – yeah right. You can believe it or not, but one thing that about 20% of the New Zealand population can attest to is that the increase in temperatures means longer growing seasons, and higher pollen counts for allergy-causing plants, such as trees, grass, outdoor moulds and weeds. Hay fever brings with it red, watery, itchy eyes. Pollen power Climate change could contribute to longer – and harsher – hay fever seasons. Pollen season, which typically runs from late winter until the end of summer, is
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Categories: Eye Health.

Keratoconus: causes and treatment options

Keratoconus – Progressive thinning and distortion of the cornea Keratoconus is an eye disease of the cornea: the thin, clear tissue covering the surface of the front of the eye. A normal, healthy cornea is round in shape, but sometimes the cornea can weaken, losing its shape. Instead of a dome, it becomes cone-shaped, preventing clear vision. This is known as keratoconus. It is a progressive disorder that can either progress rapidly or take years to develop. It may affect only one eye but more commonly occurs in both. Causes of Keratoconus The cause of keratoconus is unknown. It is
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Categories: Eye Conditions.

What are occupational glasses?

Feeling tired by the end of the work day? Spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen? Been a few years since your 21st birthday party? By the end of the day, many of us young folk over 40 can have difficulty seeing the words clearly on the computer screen, even with reading glasses. Eyes can become irritated, feel heavy and we can suffer blurred vision. Why? Basically, the optical correction for presbyopia (from the Greek meaning “trying to see as old men do”) or short arm syndrome is not designed for reading at near to intermediate distances: computer
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Categories: Prescription Glasses.

Photochromic lenses

Sick of playing musical glasses? Do you get tired of having to carry around both prescription glasses and sunglasses and then switching between the two every time the sun comes out? Then you will definitely benefit from wearing Transition Sensity photochromic lenses. Designed for people on the go, these are smart lenses that seamlessly change when you move from indoors to outdoors, ensuring maximum visual comfort in all settings. By helping your eyes adjust to shifting light conditions, photochromic lenses let you discern objects of different size, contrast and brightness. You will see better in all light conditions. Good for
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Categories: Eye Health, Prescription Glasses, and Sunglasses.

Progressive lenses for a clearer view

Suffering from ‘short arm syndrome’? A common eye condition as we age If you’re over 40, you’re probably starting to suffer from ‘short arm syndrome’, the need to hold a phone or the list of ingredients on the back of that packet of chips at arm’s length to see it. This almost inevitable development for most of us is also known as presbyopia, which endearingly comes from the Greek meaning ‘trying to see as old men do’. But don’t panic. This eyesight change does not mean you’ll be reduced to wearing ugly bifocals or trifocals like the previous generation did.
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Categories: Prescription Glasses.

Eye protection in winter

The not-so glaringly obvious risks of winter. Winter eye protection is just as important as it is in the summer.  In the gloominess of winter, many of us put away our sunglasses until the longer, sunnier days of summer come back. The overcast skies and lack of sunshine fool us into thinking that our eyes do not need to be shielded from invisible UV rays. But eye protection in winter is very important, sometimes even more so than in summer. UV (or ultraviolet) rays don’t take a break in the winter. In fact, the lower angle of winter sun in
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Categories: Eye Health and Sunglasses.

PVD – floaters and flashes in your eyes

Posterior Vitreous Detachment A common eye condition as we age Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is a very common eye condition. It’s caused by natural changes to the vitreous gel that takes up the space inside the eye. Many people develop posterior vitreous detachments and never experience symptoms, whereas others may notice floaters and flashes. Although PVD causes some frustrating symptoms, it doesn’t cause pain, harm the eye or cause permanent loss of vision. Understanding PVD Basically, the eye is divided into three sections: the anterior chamber, the vitreous chamber and the posterior chamber. The vitreous chamber is positioned at the
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Categories: Eye Conditions and Eye Health.

Digital Eye Strain

Do you have tired eyes, irritated eyes, blurry vision or headaches? Looks like you could be suffering from digital eye strain. According to the Vision Council of America, 70% of U.S. adults experience digital eye strain as a result of digital devices. And it’s getting worse. As people spend more time each day looking at computers, mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices, digital eye strain is becoming a bigger and bigger problem. The problem is also occurring more frequently in children as they acquire phones and tablets at younger ages and use them for longer periods throughout the day.
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Categories: Eye Conditions and Eye Health.