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Vision and Exercise

Recent research has shown that exercise  as well as elevating the heart rate may improve vision.

The wide array of benefits from physical exercise is long,including mood enhancement, improved sleep, reduced risk of disease and now researchers believe vision improvement can be added to the mix.


A recent study at UC Santa Barbara recorded vision improevemnt among 18 subject participants who had riding a stationary bike at low intensity.

Tom Bullock a post-doctoral researcher at UC Santa Barbara,said that previous studies had resulted in improved vision among mice during physical activity.

“However, given the vast differences between mouse and primate brains, it is unclear whether these results also apply to the human brain,” he elaborated. “Our data provides evidence that there may well be a common mechanism,” Dr Bullock stated.

During the research program, the 18 volunteers each wore a skull cap cover containing scalp electrodes and a wireless heart rate monitor. The visual neural activity was analysed while the study participants were at rest, as well as during a variety of cycling intensity exercise.

Reconstructed tuning curves using a computational algorithm, allowing researchers to estimate how well large populations of neurons in the visual cortex
were representing different stimulus orientations.

The results suggested that the neurons became more sensitive to visual stimuli during low intensity exercise than during high intensity exercise or rest.

Other research planned by the lab includes a study determining how exercise influences visual working memory.

Maybe time to start moving to help both your heart and your eyes?

Jeanette Jacobs Patient Testimonial

A patient Jeanette Jacobs recently sent this kind testimonial after the punctum plug treatment she received for her dry eye condition from our senior optometrist Prakash Rughani

Dear Prakash

Following on from our conversation earlier this morning please find below my experience for the plug treatment for dry eyes.

When I initially started to notice that my eyes were becoming very dry I started to use eye drops daily to ease the problem, which was crucial as I am a contact lens wearer. However over a couple of years it was clear that my eyes were getting more dry and the drops weren’t as effective.

When I discussed my dry eye problem with Prakash he told me about the plug treatment. Initially I dismissed the treatment as I thought it was invasive and sounded very uncomfortable and involved a surgical procedure. Nevertheless when I expressed my concerns, Prakash explained that the treatment was painless, quick and no surgery was involved.

Feeling more positive I agreed to have the plug treatment and can only say I have never looked back. It is done very quickly and you feel absolutely nothing as they are inserted. Also for me the result was instant. My eyes are moist again and my contact lenses are once more extremely comfortable. I am absolutely delighted with the results.

If anyone is considering this treatment I would encourage it for the reasons I have given above.

Kind regards

Jeanette

More information on Punctum Plugs Treatment for Dry Eyes, can be found at this link

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Why Everyone Should Have a Regular Eye Examination

Having a regular eye examination is important to maintain the quality of your vision and for the ongoing health of your eyes . Many of the medical conditions which can affect the eye do not have obvious symptoms so an eye examination is often the only way of identifying and treating them. In certain circumstances eye exams can even identify signs of other underlying general health issues.

At Vision Care Medical Eye centres we recommend regular eye exams to help keep you and your eyes in good health. We pride ourselves on using the very latest technology and equipment so that you can be sure that we can offer the most comprehensive health check on your eyes.

Who should have eye exams?

• Children who are of school age and students
• People over the age of 60 –because there is an increased risk of developing eye and health issues after this age
• Smokers – smoking can have a detrimental effect on the health of the eyes
• If you have eye conditions – glaucoma, cataracts, dry eyes.
• Medical conditions – Eg. people who have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or strokes are all at risk from eye disease
• Digital device users – whether this is for work or social use at home.This includes people who use smart phones,tablets and those who regularly play computer games or watch TV
• People who suffer from headaches
• Drivers – especially those who drive regularly as part of their occupation
• People who have a family member who has diabetes, glaucoma or macular degeneration as this increases the chance of them suffering from the same problem

A comprehensive eye examination does much more than test your level of vision. It also can reveal the health of your eyes as well as general health issues.

Examples of what can be identified with a full eye test are shown below:

• Glaucoma
• Cataracts
• Diabetes
• Risk of high blood pressure or stroke
• Risk of high cholesterol levels
• Macular degeneration
• Digital Eye strain
• Dry eye

To help keep your eyes and general health in check book a comprehensive eye examination at your local branch of VisionCare Medical Eye Centre today

Our Senior Optometrist on Zee TV Eyecare Phone-in

Just last week, our senior optometrist partner, Bharat Rughani, was asked by hugely popular South Asian TV channel Zee TV  to do a live phone in show.

Mr Rughani’s appearence on the program helped a large number of callers with their questions on a wide variety of eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and eye floaters.

Hopefully you managed to catch the program but don’t worry if not, as Mr Bharat Rughani  and our other optometrists are always available in our practices for expert eye care advice.

 

Thinking About Contact Lenses?

Contact lenses are a great alternative for correcting your vision giving the freedom to enjoy clear vision without wearing spectacles.
Find out more contact lens wear with our answers to some commonly asked questions below.

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Contact Lenses?

With modern contact lens materials and designs, almost everyone can be fitted with a suitable lens.
Whether you are looking for clear vision without eyeglasses or want to use contact lenses for leisure or social events our experienced optometrists will be delighted to guide you through the options and explain the different varieties of contact lenses available.

Am I too old to wear Contact lenses?

Certainly not! Modern contact lens design mean that multifocal contact lenses are now available for many patients providing clear vision for all distances.

Can I swim wearing contact lenses?

It is not recommended to wear contact lenses when swimming.
Lenses can get easily lost as the pool water can cause them to float off the surface of your eyes.
A more serious issue is that swimming pool water can be absorbed into the contact lens and increase the risk of getting a potentially serious eye infection
Swimming in the sea can also cause problems if you wear contact lens. Salty sea water can cause your lenses to dry out your lenses also contains lots of micro-organisms which are damaging for your lenses and your eyes.

Will  I Still Need to Wear Spectacles if I Wear Contact Lenses?

We would recommend that you also have a pair of spectacles made up in your current prescription to wear in case you are ill or temporarily unable to wear your contact lenses.

Today contact lenses provide a great alternative for our patients who need vision correction but want to enjoy the freedom of not needing to wear spectacles. With a wide range of lens options available at VisionCare Medical Eye centre we can offer contact lenses to suit the different lifestyles and vision requirements of patients whatever their age.

If you have any other questions about contact lenses or would like to book a contact lens assessment please get in touch here

Infused Water for Eye Health

Drinking plenty of water and maintaining hydration throughout the day is important for many reasons — including the health of your eyes.  Dehydration can cause symptoms of dry eyes, eye redness and swollen eyelids.
These easy to follow recipe steps can help you create a refreshing infused water drink to maintain healthy fluid levels during the party season.

 

Infused Water Recipe

1. Use a large glass pitcher or jug.

2. Add a bunch of chopped herbs from this selection: Mint, ginger, basil, rosemary.

3. Add one or two of your favourite fruits and vegetables(washed and sliced) for example choose from a selection of cucumber, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, lemons, limes, oranges, kiwi, peaches, watermelon  and  add to the pitcher.

4.Fill the jug with fresh filtered water and leave to cool in the refrigerator  for a couple of  hours so the flavours can blend into the water.
Popular flavour combinations: Mint, ginger and cucumber; strawberry, blueberry and basil; peach, mango and rosemary.

The infused water will last for up to 2 days; however, the fruit and veggies may get water-logged so often it is best consumed within 24 hours

More at : http://www.allaboutvision.com/recipes/infused-water.htm

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Helen Harbi Patient Testimonial

Our patient Helen Harbi  recently sent us this kind testimonial.

“I just wanted to tell you I had a fantastic experiences in Sharm el sheikh scuba diving !!! With the use of my Contact lenses I was able to see the most beautiful fish in the world !!!! From the biggest to the tiniest wee fish and of course no forgetting the huge turtles !!! I had both hands on the turtles back while he was eating his dinner. Fortunately for me he was a vegetarian !!!! I would never have seen them without my contacts in. I feel very privileged to have met such lovely people as yourselves. I did 5 dives when I was out there and because of my contacts I can’t wait until I dive again. I managed to get the contacts in sometimes in a couple of times but I even managed in one go !!! once both !!!! Thank you all for your time and care. I’ll always be very grateful. Helen Harbi x”

If like Helen Harbi you would like to become a delighted patient of Vision Care Medical Eye Centre, please contact us today and  our friendly professional staff will be happy to provide further information on the wide range of eye care services we can provide for you.

Preventing Falls through Eye Examinations

Good Vision can Prevent Falls and Save Lives

One of the things about getting older is that we are at greater risk of falling.  Sadly, our vision and body deteriorates and this can cause issues in later life.  If you are worried about the consequences of taking a tumble or have a family member who is vulnerable in this regard, this post is for you.

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Falling in Old Age

Falling when you’re elderly can have severe consequences.  A broken hip can result in hospitalisation, disabilities, and in the worst case scenario, death.  Research into preventing falls has discovered that vision plays a significant part in preventing falls.

A study commissioned by the Geriatric Society and the College of Optometrists show that almost 1 in 3 people that were aged 65 or over suffered impaired vision.  This is what you may be experiencing if you’re in this age group in terms of vision loss:

  • Blurry, distorted vision
  • Sensitivity to bright lights/glare
  • Difficulty seeing objects
  • Depth perception problems
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Problems seeing the edges and changes in surfaces

As a result you may experience issues with maintaining balance, movement, and seeing objects in your path.  Although vision is not the only factor to falls in your old age, it is significant.

Eye Examinations Help Considerably in Avoiding Falls

Although eye examinations will not help you completely to avoid falls, they will give help you stay you on feet.  The same data that showed 30% of people aged over 65 had vision problems also revealed that almost 75% had issues that could be corrected through wearing glasses or contact lenses.  So, next steps:

If you still have difficult seeing, speak to your doctor about low vision services.

Sources: Fall Prevention, BGS.org.uk, Aop.org.uk

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours for VisionCare Branches

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Christmas and New Year opening hours for Visioncare branches

Wealdstone Branch

Sat 24th Dec 09h00-14h00
Mon 26th Dec closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Tues 27th Dec closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Wed 28th Dec 09h30-16h00
Thu 29th Dec 09h30-16h00
Fri 30th Dec 09h30-16h00
Sat 31st Dec closed
Mon 2nd Jan closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Tue 3rd Jan 09h00-18h00

Barnet Branch

Sat 24th Dec 09h00-14h00
Mon 26th Dec closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Tues 27th Dec closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Wed 28th Dec closed
Thu 29th Dec closed
Fri 30th Dec closed
Sat 31st Dec closed
Mon 2nd Jan closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Tue 3rd Jan 09h00-17h30

Harley Street Branch

Closed from Tuesday 20th December 2016 and reopening Tuesday Jan 10th 2017.