Archive for category: Eye Health

Young Eyes Optometry Blog

Men neglecting eye health

Men neglecting eye health

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.

... read more

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Driving with Glaucoma

Driving with Glaucoma

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Optometry and Mental Health

Optometry and Mental Health

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

What makes your eye twitch?

What makes your eye twitch?

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Pterygium

Pterygium

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Macular Degeneration - Face the Facts

Macular Degeneration - Face the Facts

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

New trial finds honey to be a great treatment for blepharitis and dry eyes

New trial finds honey to be a great treatment for blepharitis and dry eyes

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Could your regular beauty routine be damaging your eyes?

Could your regular beauty routine be damaging your eyes?

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

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. 

 

... read more

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Blepharitis

Blepharitis

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.
 

 

... read more

( Posted in: Eye Health )

What is hay fever (and how to relieve your red, itchy eyes in spring)?

What is hay fever (and how to relieve your red, itchy eyes in spring)?

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Vision Loss and Depression

Vision Loss and Depression

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Cataract surgery isn't only for the older generation

Cataract surgery isn't only for the older generation

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.

... read more

( Posted in: Eye Health )

World Sight Day 2015

World Sight Day 2015

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.  
 

... read more

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Rubbing your eyes, does it do any harm?

Rubbing your eyes, does it do any harm?

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Serious Sports Eye Injuries Do Occur

Serious Sports Eye Injuries Do Occur

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Dry, Scratchy Eyes?

Dry, Scratchy Eyes?

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Don't Let Glaucoma Steal Your Sight!

Don't Let Glaucoma Steal Your Sight!

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

What are eye floaters?

What are eye floaters?

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Headaches

Headaches

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Does Your Eye Colour Influence Cataracts?

Does Your Eye Colour Influence Cataracts?

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Macular Degeneration - Can I Lower My Risk?

Macular Degeneration - Can I Lower My Risk?

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Optometric Care of Acquired Brain Injuries

Optometric Care of Acquired Brain Injuries

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Growing Concerns over Risks of Blue Light on Macula

Growing Concerns over Risks of Blue Light on Macula

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )

Tired Eyes - A Very Real Condition

Tired Eyes - A Very Real Condition

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

( Posted in: Eye Health )
Book an Appointment