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Young Eyes Optometry Blog
At Young Eyes one of the most common reasons, we see people with a sore eye is related to lack of protection when working at home or at work.
The eyes are incredibly delicate, and a relatively minor injury can result in severe vision impairment. Ordinary eyewear cannot provide sufficient protection, particularly when using tools at home or work. Metal, Wood or Caustic Chemicals in the eye are the most common injuries we see.
The advent of Covid 19 has increased the risk of aerosol contact with the eye.
Wearing prescribed safety glasses can reduce the risk. Thankfully, there are prescription safety glasses that can substitute your own glasses while you're at work or at home in the shed or garden. There are now a large range of safety glasses which are comfortable and yet protective and approved by Workcover if that is what you require.
What you can do to prevent injury?
- Always take a common-sense approach to hazardous activities whether at work or home to eliminate and control potential eye hazards.
- Always wear certified safety eye protection if required. Never wear your normal glasses or sunglasses as a substitute for proper eye protection.
- Make sure you get an eye test to ensure your vision is optimal for your task.
Demand for contact lenses has been growing consistently for decades, but this growth presents its own sustainability challenges for the eyewear industry. Plastic microbeads* have long been around in the cosmetic industry, but disposable contact lenses are also guilty of contributing to this problem as they contain microbeads.
It’s estimated that 15-20% of disposable contact lenses wearers flush their daily contact lenses down the sink or toilet each day. Given that 304,000 million Australians use daily contact lenses, that is a serious amount of plastic entering the water table annually.
Once in the water, microbeads pose a threat to wildlife, who ingest the plastic particles. This builds as smaller fish are consumed by bigger fish (who are in turn eaten by humans). If the plastic alone wasn’t enough concern, plastic actually binds to chemicals in the ocean, making it more resistant to environmental degradation.
* Microbeads are tiny solid plastic particles, measuring 1mm in diameter or less. They are deliberately added to cleaning products, skincare products and cosmetics to give exfoliating properties, create ‘gloss’ and to act as fillers to bulk out products. They are a type of microplastic, a more general term given to tiny plastic particles less than 5mm in diameter.
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We are open for business however we will be asking for your co-operation to keep everyone safe. Please note the points below if you are attending our practice.... read more
Already myopic? What are your options?
If you or your child are already myopic, our Optometrist may suggest one of the following to correct your vision and aim to prevent progression:
- Single vision glasses
These glasses are great at correcting vision, however have a minimal impact on slowing myopia progression
- Multifocal (progressive) glasses
Multifocal glasses correct your distance vision and can moderately slow myopia progression
- Miyosmart lenses
This innovative new spectacle lens can significantly slow progression
- Multifocal soft contact lenses
These can be great for correcting vision and can significantly slow progression
- Orthokeratology (sleep lenses)
Specifically designed contact lenses correct your vision while you sleep, without having to wear lenses during the day. These can significantly slow myopia progression.
- Atropine eye drops
These specially formulated eye drops can significantly slow myopia progression, however glasses or contact lenses are also required to correct vision.
Our Optometrist can help you to decide the best and most practical option for you and your child.... read more
Myopia (or short-sightedness) is a common eye condition where distance objects are not seen clearly. It is becoming more prevalent and is now occurring in younger patients.
It's important to help stop or slow the progression of myopia as it can be associated with a higher risk of several eye conditions. These include:
- retinal detachments
- macula changes and glaucoma, and
- potentially permanent vision changes.
There are a number of risk factors that increase the likelihood of becoming short sighted. These include:
- Genetics with the risk of myopia increasing when one of both parents are short sighted
- Increased use of screen-based devices
- Decreased amount of time spent outdoors
Strategies that can help prevent or slow the onset of myopia include:
- Glasses for reading and screen time to reduce strain on eyes (if applicable)
- Significantly reduce time on screens such as iPads and computers, and increase breaks from close up work (20 minutes on/off)
- Increase time spent outdoors (at least 2 hours per day)
In light of National Work Safe Month, we are reminding everyone of the importance of wearing safety glasses in the workplace. Young Eyes highly recommends that you wear Australian standard safety glasses if you are going to be working in an environment, or with equipment, that generates debris such as wood cutting, carpentry, grinding, hammering, mowing or pruning.... read more
NSW Health has determined that given the current context of community transmission, they are escalating advice to cover ‘moderate risk’ of transmission according to the COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Response and Escalation Framework and poster. Ms Koff also emphasised that mask use supplements, but is not a substitute for other infection control precautions such as hand hygiene.
Optometry Australia has confirmed with NSW Health that this advice applies to optometrists in both public and private health care settings from today, Friday 24 July 2020. It also applies to dispensing and administrative staff if they are within 1.5m of patients. Patients are also required to wear a mask where possible, (children 12 years and under do not need to wear a mask) and it may be useful to remind your patients to bring one with them.
As the COVID -19 pandemic escalated, initially our practice remained open only for urgent and necessary eye care. We are proud to have been able to continue to provide urgent care to those in our community throughout this period.
In line with Department of Health advice, we have returned to welcoming patients to our practice for routine vision and eye health examination appointments, in addition to emergency eyecare.
While it is best to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19, Janine would encourage you to come and see us if you feel that your vision and health are at risk.
At Young Eyes we know men are less likely to get their eye health assessed. Men between the ages of 45 and 74 utilised the least level of optometric services in 2016, according to Medicare.
Most conditions causing vision loss that we see at Young Eyes can be treated. Failure to treat them can however stop healthy independent ageing.
Glaucoma patients are at least five times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle crash compared with others in the same age group, despite meeting legal driving requirements, a new study has found.... read more
Eye health is becoming an increasingly important part of the conversation surrounding mental health.
A study in the U.S. reported that adults with visual function loss are at least 90 per cent more likely to have depression than those without visual function loss.... read more
A twitching eye is very common and usually occurs for people at some stage in their life. It doesn’t cause any pain however can be an annoyance for the individual. When your eye twitches, it usually indicates a muscle spasm and it can be very difficult to pinpoint what the specific cause might be.... read more
A pterygium – pronounced as ter-ig-e-um – is a fleshy growth that develops when an eye is regularly exposed to bright sunlight and wind. It’s common in people who spend a lot of time outdoors in sunny and windy conditions. Hence its very common in our patients at Young Eyes.... read more
Since 2007, the awareness of macular degeneration as a disease has increased by 53%. As outstanding as this result is, there are still many of us ignoring the eye health message and not getting regular eye exams.... read more
For thousands of years communities have recognised the wound healing and anti-bacterial properties of honey.
We at Young eyes have been using Optimel Antibacterial Manuka Eye Gel and drops for several years.
We have found it of greatest assistance in treating blepharitis. Symptoms include itchy, burning, watery eyes, discharge, redness around the eyes and sometimes recurring styes.... read more
Whether it is expensive makeup or novelty cosmetics being used to create the ultimate look, bloodshot and puffy eyes are never beautiful. At Young Eyes Optometrists we see first-hand the damage caused by common cosmetic mistakes.... read more
People with diabetes have a greater risk of developing eye complications due to high blood sugar levels, however early detection and optimal management can prevent up to 98% of vision loss.
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What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis, sometimes called “granulated eyelids”, is the inflammation of the eyelids. It is a condition commonly suffered by most people at some stage in their lives, although for some people it is a recurring condition. Symptoms include itchy, burning, watery eyes, a sticky discharge, redness around the eyelid edges and recurrent styes. Blepharitis however, can be easily treated and controlled.
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Many of us welcome spring, yet others dread it. That’s because they know they’re in for months of red, sore and itchy eyes.
Around one in seven Australians suffer from hay fever. Are you one of them? The symptoms include, itchy eyes, irritated throat, sneezing, a blocked or runny nose.
Hay fever is caused by a number of active substances including, pollen, animal fur, mould, dust mites and make-up. However pollen is the main culprit and as trees and flowers bloom in spring the exposure to pollen is increased.... read more
Vision loss is often associated with Anxiety and Depression.
It is not surprising that a reduction in vision will cause significant emotional distress and fear for the individual. What is most important is that we not only provide adequate treatment to minimise the vision loss but that we provide good support to individuals to minimise the psychological stress.
Vision Loss will lead to feelings of anxiety further preventing individuals from caring for others and themselves. It is likely to lead to reduction in mobility and access to social contacts. In fact loss of vision is one of the most feared results of ageing.... read more
Whilst they are more likely to present in people over the age of 50 due to the natural ageing process of the lens of eye, there are several other types of cataracts that can also affect the vision of younger patients.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is a disorder in which the lens of the eye becomes cloudy decreasing one’s vision.
In a healthy eye, light passes through the transparent lens to the back of the eye to create a sharp image. However if the lens is cloudy, the image that reaches the retina will appear blurry.
Cataracts are the number one cause of preventable blindness in the world.
We here at Young Eyes care about protecting your vision; we also care about people around the world who lack access to quality vision care. Because of this, our practice will participate in the World Sight Day Challenge this year on Thursday October 8 2015.
Most of us rub our eyes regularly, however, if you rub your eyes too often or too hard, you can cause damage in a number of ways…... read more
The growing concern regarding the permanent damage that a head injury can cause players in sports, such as rugby league and union football and cricket, is a timely reminder that the risk of sports eye injuries needs to be taken seriously.... read more
This is often caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. One of the many new treatments is a Manuka honey drop or Gel. Do you suffer from stingy itchy eyes?... read more
Unlike many eye diseases and disorders, glaucoma is especially concerning because it can begin to take your vision away without you even knowing it is happening.
In fact, glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. There are often no immediate or obvious symptoms of glaucoma. The disease comes on gradually, so vision loss is hard to detect, and any sight that is lost through glaucoma can never be retrieved.... read more
At first, you’re not quite sure whether you’re ‘seeing things’… you know, that spot that appears as you turn your head. Eventually, you realise that the ‘thread’ that floats in and out of sight isn’t going away.... read more
A headache is defined as "a pain or ache in the head...It accompanies many diseases and conditions, including emotional distress."
Headaches are one of the most common symptoms that can be experienced. Most people will experience a headache at some point of their lives. They can affect anyone regardless of age and gender.... read more
Everyone is at Risk of Cataracts. However, did you know that you could be more at risk simply because of the colour of your eyes?
People with dark brown eyes have the greatest possibility of developing cataracts. An Australian study found that the risks can be up to 2.5 times more likely for certain types of cataracts... read more
1 in 4 Australians Risk Losing Part or All of Their Vision to Eye Disease
Each year 1 in 4 Australians are at risk of losing part or all of their vision to eye disease. Despite the fact that 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable, 2 out of 5 Australians are still not having their eyes tested at least once every two years, according to the latest Newspoll1 commissioned by The RANZCO Eye Foundation as part of its annual 'JulEYE' campaign.... read more
Vision problems and symptoms are among the most common difficulties associated with acquired brain injuries. The nerve systems that control the way the eyes work and focus together, and transmit the visual information to the back of the brain for understanding of our visual world, are the most complex systems of the brain. Vision enables us to be aware of our surroundings and to know where we are in our world, to steer our walking through our environment, to direct the hand and other actions to write and hold things, and to help us stay balanced.... read more
There is growing concern among leading optometrists and researchers over the harmful effect of blue light from LED screens on the macula and its risk of damaging the macula. LED lights are increasingly used in the latest high definition televisions, tablets , smartphones and computers.
Janine Hobson says “Children especially, are at particular risk of macular damage from blue light because their eyes are not as efficient at filtering out the rays”.... read more
Most of us will experience periods where our eyes feel tired. Is this a real condition or is it just a normal symptom after a long day?
In fact, it is very real and even has a name. The medical term for eyestrain is ‘asthenopia’.... read more