Enjoy these top tips for maintaining your eye health
As you get older your eyesight, like the rest of your body can start to deteriorate. You also become prone to developing certain eye conditions. These conditions can be distressing especially if you are unaware of their causes, what symptoms you can expect in the future, and what treatments are available and how effective these treatments are.
This has been made worse as the information that is available is rarely jargon free. The words are unfamiliar unless you’re a fully qualified medical professional, and often the information you need is vague at best.
Thankfully, our optometrist partner, Mr Prakash M. Rughani, has written a book designed to explain why your eyes deteriorate and the diseases they become prone to as you get older.
Illuminating the Twilight – Understanding the five most common eye conditions as you get older
Mr Rughani’s book is written to be jargon free and sheds light on the eye and the conditions you face as you get older. It talks about the five most common eye conditions that you may experience when you get over 50. It explains why they happen, what we can expect in the future, and the treatments which are available. As Mr Rughani explains, some of the treatments are quite astonishing.
Moreover, this book, through helping you understand the changes to your eyesight will help you come to terms with them, minimising any impact on the quality of your life. It will help you cope should you be affected by the more severe eye conditions.
The book will also help you if you are an optometry student. You will understand these conditions better and will make be better optometrists once you qualify. You will be able to explain the conditions in layman’s terms and help your future patients more effectively.
Mr Rughani has over 30 years experience as an optometrist. He started his own practice when he was just 23 years old, and he has helped thousands of people see more clearly and understand their eye conditions. His practices are award winning and have been featured on the BBC.
To understand your eyesight and for a better quality of life, you can buy the book from Amazon. Simply click here. It is rated five stars out of five and is proving popular after its worldwide launch in Toronto, Canada.
Sunlight, Sunglasses, UV Rays and the Facts
It is great to be outside in the sunshine especially given how little sunshine we get in the UK. Sadly, we need to be careful of the Ultraviolet (UV) rays which are generated by sunlight as this can cause damage to our eyesight in the form of photokeratitis, as well as potentially permanent damage to our retinas.
Cometh the Sun Cometh the Sunglasses
Sunglasses protect us from sunlight, and that’s what this blog is about: Facts on UV rays, sunshine, and sunglasses. There are several sunglasses types geared around protecting you from UV rays and other hazards such as glare.
The three types of UV rays
UV rays are broken down into three types. They are:
- UVA: The light rays pass through glass but opinion is divided on whether this causes damage to our eyesight
- UVB: This form of ultraviolet light burns our skin and damages our eyes. Sunscreen for your skin, sunglasses for your eyes is a must. Don’t get them mixed up!
- UVC: These are blocked by Earth’s atmosphere. Phew!
UV Rays are Everywhere
UV rays are present even on days when the sun is not shining. UVB rays pass through clouds and do continuous damage to your eyes, especially between the hours of 10am to 2 pm. Sunbeds, photosensitizing drugs also cause of UVB rays as does living near the equator or at high altitude.
Protecting your eyes from UV rays
Different Types of Sunglasses for Different Uses
Sunglasses are your only real eyesight protection from the sun’s UV rays. Ensure your sunglasses protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UV 400 are fine as well as this does the job. Contact lenses with UV protection do not protect your entire eye so you are still at risk.
Wraparound sunglasses give full protection. Standard sunglasses do not protect UV rays from the side. They get under the lens.
If you wear glasses you can buy prescription sunglasses, or use photochromic lens glasses. These change from light to dark depending on how bright the day. You can also use clip-on frames that just put an additional UV blocking lenses over your existing glasses. Some forms of these frames are now magnetic to reduce the risk of scratching your glasses.
Always ensure your children are well protected from UV rays. The damage from ultraviolet is accumulative.
Anti-UV Lenses for Sports & Activities
Different lenses are available for most sports and activities. Blue-blockers cut down blue light and promote contrast and are useful if you work in certain environments. For different activities different colour lenses are available.
It is not just colours, but anti-reflective coating and polarised lenses can reduce glare for activities such as driving. If you play water or snow sports or work in environment’s that cause glare, this is a must have.
Mirror-coated lenses limit the amount of light entering your eye. A choice of colours is now available for this kind of lens.
Gradient lenses are tinted from the top down. The idea is that they shield your vision from overhead light but are not too dark. They are favoured by drivers as they allow the dashboard to be clearly seen but shield from overhead sunlight.
Double gradient lenses are also tinted from the bottom up as well as top down. Ideal if you are dealing with a reflective surface and overhead light.
Choose you Sunglasses Today
If you want advice on the best sunglasses for you and your family, contact your nearest branch and make an appointment. We can protect your eyes from the sun and reduce the likelihood of you and your family developing certain eye conditions.