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Why protect your eyes from UV? 

  From a young age we are educated about the dangers of sun exposure to our skin and overall health, and yet many of us are still unaware of the risks to our eyes. Did you know that your eyes are 10 times more sensitive to UV damage than your skin? Here are 4 reasons why you should protect your eyes as well as your skin, all-year-round.      4 Reasons You Should Protect Your Eyes From UV   Australia has some of…
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What is amblyopia and how do I detect it?

What is amblyopia and how do I detect it? Amblyopia, also known as ‘lazy eye’, is a common cause of reduced vision in children. It begins during infancy and early childhood due to a disruption in the normal development of vision. Amblyopia affects around 3 per cent of children. Most cases can be treated successfully if detected and treated correctly at an early age. However if undetected or left untreated it can result in permanent vision loss. What is Amblyopia?…
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The effects of alcohol on your eyes

The effects of alcohol on your eyes We all know the immediate effects that drinking alcohol can have on our bodies. Vision is also affected and it becomes blurry and distorted. While this can have the positive effect of making the people around you seem more attractive (also known as ‘beer googles’) the short and long-term, physiological effects of alcohol can impact on your eyes.   Short-term effects Alcohol slows the communication between the brain’s neurotransmitters, which slows the information…
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What are cataracts?

What are cataracts? A commonly asked question that we get is 'What are cataracts?' Cataracts are a cloudiness that forms in the lens of the eye. This cloudiness interferes with light entering the eye resulting in poor vision. Think of it in the same way that the a dirty window affects how well you can see outside of it. The lens is located behind the iris and the pupil. It works in the same manner as a camera lens by…
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Glaucoma – the sneak thief of sight.

Glaucoma - the sneak thief of sight. Glaucoma is known as ‘the sneak thief of sight’. It is a disease in which the optic nerve head is slowly damaged by increased pressure in the eye. It is the leading cause of preventable blindness in Australia with one in eight Australians over the age of eighty developing glaucoma. The scary part of glaucoma is that it usually has few or no initial symtoms - living up to it’s ‘sneak thief of…
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Blue light and it’s harmful effects

What is blue light? To understand blue light we must first look at the light spectrum. Visible light from the sun consists of a range of different coloured light rays which contain different levels of energy. Sunlight includes red, yellow, green and blue, all in various shades. These different colours have different wavelengths and different levels of energy, as you can see on the light spectrum table below. Light rays with long wavelengths contain less energy and rays with short…
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The optometrist’s role in diabetes

Over one million Australians have diabetes yet around half of these people are undiagnosed! Optometrists play a vital role in helping to detect diabetes in the early stages when it will respond best to treatment. So what is the optometrist's role in diabetes? What is diabetic retinopathy? Diabetic retinopathy occurs due to damage to the blood vessels in the retina, located at the back of the eye. It is usually a progression of diabetes when it has been present for…
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Tips for healthy eyes

Some simple tips for healthy eyes: Keep a Healthy Diet A healthy diet can reduce the likelihood of several degenerative eye diseases. Aim to include green leafy vegetables, fresh fruit, oily fish and nuts in your diet. Wear Sunglasses Too much UV exposure makes you more likely to get cataracts, macular degeneration and pterygiums. Choose wraparound sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. Stop Smoking Smoking increases the risk of advanced macular degeneration, cataracts and dry eye, as well…
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Spring is here….that means HAYFEVER!

Eye problems can be the most irritating symptom of hayfever. When pollen comes into contact with our eyes, they can become inflamed, itchy and watery. This can then obscure your vision and cause an enormous amount of discomfort. How can I avoid hayfever? Try to avoid or limit your exposure to the primary causes of your eye allergies. Clean the house. Vacuum, dust and change your sheets and pillowcases on a regular basis. A pet may contribute to your problem…
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Why healthy eating is good for your eyes

Healthy eating is fundamental to good health and this articles goes over why healthy eating is good for your eyes. Avoiding highly processed foods that are high in fat and sugar and enjoying a diet that includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables will benefit not only the health of your eyes but your overall wellbeing. Everyday living exposes us to free radicals that can cause damage to the cells in our eyes. Free radicals are the by-products created by…
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