Dry Eye is a common medical condition caused by a problem with your tear ducts and the production, drainage and evaporation of tears.
Your tears are made up of three components that help keep the eye healthy, these are: and outer lipid layer, a middle watery layer and a mucous layer. The layers functions, detailed from outer to inner prevents tears from evaporating, stopping eye lids from sticking together, a layer carries nutrients and oxygen and the inner layer allows the tears to wet the cornea. Each of these layers is produced by a different gland around the eyelid.
Symptoms of dry eye include irritated eyes, gritty eyes, burning eyes and itchy eyes, even people who have very watery eyes can still be suffering with dry eye.
We can offer treatment advice to help with this condition.
Glaucoma can effect sight, usually from the build up of pressure with the eye, Glaucoma is a condition where the excess aqueous humour is unable to drain from the eye causing intraocular pressure.
Retinal photography will help with the diagnosis of Glaucoma, as it is the most accurate way of screening your eyes to test for this disease allowing us to inspect the retina in great detail.
This build up of pressure can cause damage to the optic nerve, so early diagnosis and treatments is important when keeping this condition under control.
Glaucoma can be kept under control with various types of medication depending on the type of glaucoma, including the use of eye drops, beta blockers, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors and other treatments.
Our fully qualified Optometrists will test your eyes using the most up to date equipment and give you guidance and advice on how to control this condition.
Floaters are small imperfections produced in the transparent fluid of the eye that vary in size, shape, consistency and motility, mainly caused by ageing. Floaters can be in the form of tiny spots, specks, flecks and cobwebs drifting around in your field of vision.
Floater are more visible if you are looking at bright or pale blank spaces such as the sky or a computer screen and they never seem to stay still when you try and stare at them.
Seeing floaters in your eye from time to time is usually no cause for concern, however, there are times when you may need to seek medical advice from an eye care professional. These situations include a sudden appearance of lots of floaters and spots as this could mean that your vitreous fluid is pulling away from your retina, or the retina itself is being pulled away from the inner lining in the back of your eye, starving your eye of oxygen, nutrients and blood. Other situations could include tears in the retina or retinal detachment.
In any circumstance if you are worried or concerned about the floaters in your eye, it is important that you make an appointment as soon as possible with our eye care professionals to allow us to examine your eyes.
Blepharitis is usually caused by an infection or a skin conditon, some of the symptoms you will find in the patient of someone suffering from Blepharitis can include itchy and sore eyelids, sticky eyelids that are particularly difficult to open, especially in a morning, or eyelids that become crusty or greasy to name a few.
Treating blepharitis usually includes cleaning solutions, topical antibiotics or oral antibiotics. Most people who suffer from blepharitis will have continued episodes of the condition with intervals of no symptoms.
Cataracts are the most common cause of people losing their vision in people over 40, and is the biggest cause of sight loss around the world. A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, that lies beneath the iris and pupil, in today's society cataracts are more common than glaucoma, macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy combined.
There are several types of cataracts including subcapsular, nuclear and cortical cataracts.
These types of cataracts occur at the back of the lens. Diabetes sufferers or people taking high doses of steroid medications have a greater risk of developing a subcapsular cataract.
These types of cataracts form deep in the nucleus of the lens ususally associated with aging.
These types of cataracts are characterized by white, wedge-like opacities that begin in the periphery of the lens and creep into the center in a spoke like fashion.
The cause of a cataract in your eye is when the proteins that are usually arranged in a precise way to keep your vision clear starts to clump together, eventually causing sight loss.
Visual stress is a term used to describe visual discomfort and perceptual distortions in printed text, and is suffered by many people who struggle to read. The condition is estimated to be present in approximately 40% of poor readers and 20% of the general population
We can perform a Colorimetry test to see if you would benefit from coloured lenses which will calm the hyperactive neurons in your vision allowing you to see words in a stable, clear format, increasing read speed, accuracy and comprehension, removing stress and fatigue associated with this condition
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Age Related Macular Degeneration is an eye condition that affects a tiny part of the retina at the back of the eye, called the macula, causing problems with your central vision, eventually causing blank patches in the centre of your vision.
One in two cases of serious sight loss is caused by age related macular degeneration (AMD).
Age Related Macular degeneration can rob you of your central sight. Once this is affected simple activities like driving, watching TV and even recognising faces becomes impossible. With the SPECTRALIS 4D HD eye health check we see the smallest change before you do and that changes everything. Protect your future, book your sight test today.