Why World Sight Day is observed


Not many people are aware of the World Sight Day which is observed on the second Thursday of October every year. It is a global event initiated by the World Health Organization in coordination with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). The purpose of celebrating this event is to create awareness among the human population about blindness and other vision related problems, while also focusing on eye care so that people can live a life devoid of any sort of vision impairments.

Vision impairment is a major health related issue which affects people of all ages, genders and ethnicities. An important reason behind most of these problems is the lack of awareness among people about eye health care. Most people simply do not give the kind of attention that their precious eyes deserve. Continue reading “Why World Sight Day is observed”

Training your Vision: Does it Work?

Training your Vision

We are often hearing of the myriad benefits of exercise. We might be told that going for a run or a swim, or participating in some other form of cardiovascular exercise keeps our hearts and minds healthy. It might be that we are told to partake in flexibility exercises, in order to keep out bodies limber and to prevent injuries. There are endurance exercises, balance exercises, mind game exercises, neck strengthening exercises – you name it; just about every body part can be exercised in some way or manner in order to improve some aspect of it. So what about eye exercises? You may have heard that exercising our eyes can improve – or prevent the further degeneration of – our vision. If exercising other parts of our bodies has positive impacts, surely exercising our eyes can too! So, is there any merit to natural eyesight correction? Continue reading “Training your Vision: Does it Work?”

6 Useful Tips To Protect Your Eyes From Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome

We are living in a digital era where more and more people remain glued to their computer screens for work as well as recreational purposes. Although we have benefited a great deal from this piece of machine, it is our eyes that have been put under a lot of stress and strain, thereby inviting host of eye related problems. Computer Vision Syndrome is one of the conditions that affect more than 60% of the people who spend more than two hours a day on their computer screens.

Although this eye related complication does not lead to permanent damage to your eyes, it can certainly lead to some problematic symptoms such as redness, irritation, eye strain and dryness of the eyes. And if you do not exercise caution, you might also experience some other problems as well including blurred vision, headache and neck pain. Continue reading “6 Useful Tips To Protect Your Eyes From Computer Vision Syndrome”

Treating Eye Floaters

Eye Floaters

As we age, it is far from unusual for our eyes and eyesight to deteriorate. One example of this is the shrinkage of the vitreous (the gel-like substance that makes up approximately 80% of the eye) and allows it to maintain its round shape. When this occurs, the vitreous becomes stringy; these ‘strands’ can cast shadows onto the retina. These shadows usually appear as small specks or undulating lines, and generally drift around the eye. These shadows are known as ‘floaters’ – and most people are able to learn to ignore them. Continue reading “Treating Eye Floaters”

Eye Emergencies : What to Do

Emergency Eye Care

Eye injuries are something that deserves our utmost care and concern; even very minor – and seemingly insignificant – eye injuries could be the catalyst for loss of vision (or, in serious cases, even an eye) either shortly following the injury or later on in life. In fact, the most common eye injuries include retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) and retinal detachment. Basically, don’t risk it; most of us are lucky enough to be bestowed with just one pair of functioning eyes – we need to take care of them. Continue reading “Eye Emergencies : What to Do”

Eat Better – See Better

Eat Better – See Better
We’ve heard the age adage: you are what eat. This is generally taken to refer to weight; but your diet have a huge impact on multiple aspects on your health – including your vision.

The foods you choose to eat can be important players in a preventative battle against eye disease. That’s right, carrots, cans of tuna and eggplants could be the superheros that combat cataracts for you. So, what do you eat to prevent cataracts?

Before providing a definitive list of the super snacks you can munch away on to come to the rescue of a not only a grumbling tummy, but also your vision, let’s get to the core of why certain foods are beneficial to your eyesight. Continue reading “Eat Better – See Better”

See For Yourself the Long-Term Effects of LASIK Eye Surgery

Nearly all of us – at some stage in our lives – will experience vision deficiencies. When this occurs, there are a number of options available to us – including glasses, contact lenses, as well as more long-term solutions such as laser vision correction surgery. You will make a decision with the help of an osteopathic doctor based on the severity of your vision impairment, the type of eyesight condition you have, and multiple other factors. Some of us may be in a stage of vision degeneration where the option of LASIK surgery on the table, but it’s a difficult choice to make; weighing up between permanent laser surgery correction and retaining glasses or other eye prescription solutions is a tricky one. By getting all of the facts straight about LASIK vision correction, you will enable yourself to make a founded decision that can benefit you for the rest of your life. Continue reading “See For Yourself the Long-Term Effects of LASIK Eye Surgery”

Eat your way to Better Eye Health

Eye degeneration is basically inevitable. It’s no surprise really; we use our eyes all day long, straining to read books, newspapers, work; staring at laptops, tablets and phone screens all day; watching TV – whatever it is you use your eyes for, you’re using them and so eye fatigue is almost unavoidable. However, your eyesight decline is not something that is completely out of your control. In fact, the answer lies not necessarily in your eyes, but in your mouth – and more specifically, what you put in it.  That’s right, what you eat and the vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients you consume not only affect your weight, skin, mood and general well-being, but can also prevent eye degeneration! More reason to start carefully examining what you’re putting into your body on the daily. Continue reading “Eat your way to Better Eye Health”

Myths Busted: Laser Vision Correction

Laser Vision Correction - Myths and Facts

Many people are plagued with vision impairment. Some of us manage this with glasses or contact lenses; however, for some, these temporary solutions prove endlessly costly and a hassle to maintain. Laser surgery for the eye is thus an ever-increasingly popular solution for those who want to see clearly – without having to regularly increase their glasses prescription or fork out for expensive contact lenses. However, there are a number of myths which can mystify us when it comes to laser eye correction. Let’s unravel some of these rumours and achieve an unobscured perspective of what laser eye surgery involves – and a potentially unobscured vision as a result! Continue reading “Myths Busted: Laser Vision Correction”

How Smoking Could Ruin Your Eyesight

The dangers of smoking are generally well known. Advertisements plastered on billboards, televisions, radios, magazines and cigarette packages use shocking images to communicate the dangers of smoking. These usually emphasise diseases such as cancer, emphysema, poor blood circulation, lung disease and heart diseases. Less well-known effects of smoking, however, are eye diseases and eye problems. Many people don’t realise that with each cigarette, they are putting their eyes and eyesight in danger. Continue reading “How Smoking Could Ruin Your Eyesight”