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Welcome to a new world of visual freedom!

By choosing EyeDream contact lenses to correct your vision you are about to rediscover the convenience and comfort of clear vision without the need to wear spectacles or contact lenses during the day.

The ‘natural vision’ effect of EyeDream is created by wearing specially designed contact lenses during the night whilst you are asleep. The lenses gently reshape the corneas allowing you to see clearly during the day when the lenses are removed.

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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?

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

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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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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

State of The Nation Eye – Health Report

In the UK we are relatively lucky that eye examinations are easy to obtain and cheap.  We also have some of the best standards of eye care in the world.  Eye tests help prevent blindness and eye conditions and increasingly give us an accurate picture of our overall health. That being said, few of us have regular eye examinations despite the obvious health benefits.

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Ensure you schedule your eye tests regularly for you and your family

According to a recent report by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) entitled The State of the Nation: Eye Health 2016, there are two million British people living with sight loss.  Nearly half could have avoided sight loss if they had a regular eye test as their conditions could have been caught early and treated.

Sadly, many of us do not seek out help until it is too late, invariably when we notice a problem.  Like most health conditions early detection is key to prevention and cure.

Children and Eye Care

One aspect of the report highlighted clearly was the benefits of children having regular eye examinations.  It has long been established that good vision is essential to good learning, and that untreated eye conditions in children, often lead to a deterioration of performance at school and distress.

Unbelievably, the report showed that 25% of parents hadn’t taken their children for an visual examination before their eighth birthday.

Mental Health

As well as the impacts on our physical health, vision loss can and does lead to depression.  Consider that 43% of people that attend low vision clinics meet the criteria of depression.  Eye conditions impact our lives in ways we do not expect.

Book your Eye Appointment Now

To avoid this scenario for you and your family, and to ensure your child is not hampered at school by poor eyesight, book an examination for your child today.

Eye conditions are costing £28 billion a year according to the RNIB, and you don’t want your quality of life impaired by poor eye sight.  Click here, and make an eye appointment.

Source: RNIB

How to Clean your Glasses and Prevent Lens Scratches

If you are a wearer ,to be able to see well you should ensure your spectacles are cleaned daily.  Cleaning your spectacle lenses the correct way ensures that they will last longer, reduce lens scratches, and it will give you better vision.

For optimal cleaning tips, follow these simple steps.  They can be applied to all types of spectacles including sunglasses, sports eyewear, and safety glasses.

Cleaning your glasses daily will help you see better and prolongs the life of your specs
Cleaning your glasses daily will help you see better and prolongs the life of your specs

How to Clean your Glasses and Prevent Lens Scratching

Wash your Hands

Before you start cleaning your glasses, ensure you wash your hands thoroughly.  Anything that is on your hands transfers to your glasses and impairs their effectiveness at helping you see.  Wash your hands in lotion-free soap or dishwashing liquid, and clean your hands using a lint free towel.

Rinse your Spectacles under Luke Warm Water

Hold your spectacles under a gentle stream of lukewarm water.  This removes dust and debris which has a habit of causing scratches.  Do not make the water too hot as this can damage lens coatings.

 Apply lotion-free Dishwasher Liquid to each Lens

Using a drop of dishwasher liquid to each lens, clean your glasses ensuring you cover the frames as well as the lenses with the liquid.  Concentrate on the area where the lens meets the frame as this is prone to debris build-up.  It is very important you use a lotion-free brand, and you will only need a drop, literally a drop on each lens.

Once you have cleaned your eyeglasses rinse away all traces of the dishwasher liquid under lukewarm water as you did before.

Shake and Clean your Spectacles

Once you have rinsed away the last traces of dishwasher liquid inspect your lenses to ensure they are clean.  If you can see areas that are still affected by debris then repeat the cleaning process.  If you are satisfied they are clean, use a towel to dry gently dry them.   It is important that the towel has not been washed with fabric conditioner and is lint free.

A clean, lint-free towel that is used to clean fine glassware is perfect for drying your glasses.

Inspect your lenses

After you have dried your lenses inspect them to ensure they are clean.  If you spot smudges clean them off using a microfiber cloth.  You can get lint-free cloths from your opticians and photography shops.

Tips for Looking After your Specs

These tips will help you look after your spectacles and keep them in good shape:

  • Use specialist cleaning wipes if you’re travelling and can’t get your hands on dishwasher liquid or have access to running water. Ensure you use wipes which are dedicated to cleaning your glasses and are compatible with your lens coating.  Other wipes can be incorrectly formulated.
  • Consider using spray eyeglass cleaners. There are several different types.  Always ensure they are compatible with your lens coating.
  • As scratches cannot be repaired ask your optician about applying scratch resistant lens coating and ask if there is a warranty you can purchase. Always store your glasses in a case, and never place them on a table or counter on their lenses.
  • If your lenses are in good shape but other parts of your glasses are deteriorating, take them to your optician for professional repair

Book an Eye Exam

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