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Diet & Exercise roles in Macular Degeneration

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On the many occasions every week that we come to a diagnosis of age related macular degeneration (AMD) in our clinic, an almost universal question that follows is : “Whats caused this?”
Unfortunately the commonest single underlying factor is AGE- sadly we can’t do too much about ageing, but it is now becoming increasingly recognised that some other factors may well be playing a role in the development of AMD – and these may well be modifiable.
A newly released …

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Lens replacement surgery : Is it all the same ?

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There are today many providers offering vision correction services in the UK – make no mistake about it  - competition tends to force each provider to focus develop on their strengths. But what about from the perspective of the prospective patient – what exactly should they be looking for in their provider ?
As a leading provider of bespoke vision correction services in the North of England we do sometimes have to deal with patients who are bewildered by …

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Cheap Online Contact Lenses Continue To Increase Eye Infection Rates

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Cheap Online Contact Lenses Continue To Increase Eye Infection Rates

By purchasing contact lens online to avoid prescription costs, wearers are placing their eyesight in jeopardy as internet standards fail to meet those adhered to by offline professionals. Highlighted as the main offenders include those websites based overseas who fail to ask for prescriptions, resulting in the incorrect lenses sought and issued to the customer.
Perhaps most worryingly, vital eye checks conducted by opticians are being circumvented by wearers through pursuing a cost and time saving approach, meaning early signs …

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Older Men Main Offenders When It Comes To Glasses Denial

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Older Men Main Offenders When It Comes To Glasses Denial

The Times recently reported that older men are the most common patient group that are least likely to acknowledge their need for glasses, often resulting in sight deterioration increasing over time.
A result from the natural eye lens becoming less flexible, short sightedness, or presbyopia, occurs most predominately for those aged in the mid-forties and beyond. Continuing to struggle on with squinting and moving your smartphone further away to simply read a text seem to be the preferred method of …

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Protecting Your Eyes Against The Sun: It’s As Easy As ABC

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Protecting Your Eyes Against The Sun: It’s As Easy As ABC

Having nearly passed through a summer that is set to become one of the best on record, a great deal of attention has been directed towards eye care and UV. So why is protecting your eyes against the sun so essential?
As featured in The Times recently, the importance of protecting your eyes against the damaging effects of sunlight is under emphasised and not well publicised, in contrast the dangers to skin health, are well known. Sunlight contains 3 wave …

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Caring For Your Eyes: Neglecting Your Contact Lens Can Be Catastrophic

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Caring For Your Eyes: Neglecting Your Contact Lens Can Be Catastrophic

Recent international news has reported a Taiwanese student was blinded after failing to remove a pair of disposable contact lens for 6 months. Failing to clean the lenses once during the period, a microscopic, single cell amoeba had permanently destroyed the cornea.
Often providing the perfect breeding ground for the growth of Acanthamoeba bacteria, sticking to the contact lens causing infections in the cornea, causing acute pain. With prescription drugs often having a high failure rate and resulting corneal transplants …

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My Eyes and Smoking: What’s Going On?

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My Eyes and Smoking: What’s Going On?

The negative impact of smoking on your health is well documented, whether it be the carcinogenic effect on the majority of major organs, vascular disease, the increased likelihood of a stroke or damage to the lungs through chronic bronchitis or emphysema. However, the detrimental impact of smoking on your vision is often under emphasised or ignored when compared to the more immediate life threatening risks. Unfortunately, it is common that once sight is lost through smoke related conditions it is …

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Keeping It Clear: How Can I Help Care For My Vision?

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Caring for your sight needn’t have to start after a serious wakeup call, a diagnosis or once it begins to noticeably deteriorate. Through following these simple lifestyle changes, there is a better chance that future issues may be avoided and your vision protected. Incorporating these simple approaches into your lifestyle could make a positive difference.
‘You Are What You Eat’: The age old saying couldn’t be more true for the protection of your eye sight. Special nutrients such as …

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The Bettersight Patient Experience: What Can I Expect?

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 The patient’s experience at Bettersight is always at the very core of our ethos and we are committed to providing exemplary vision and eye care fully customised to the patients requirements. We Pride ourselves on offering expert guidance for all eye-care disciplines.  Our consultation approach remains personalised because we believe eye care  is delivered to the person, not just their eyes.
Continuity of Care.
Our consultant is assigned to your care throughout your Bettersight journey. In contrast to the NHS …

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Breaking Down The Facts On Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

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Intraocular surgery is increasing in popularity, with Refractive Lens Exchange, or Replacement, being at the forefront to improve the refractive state of the eye. This aims to reduce or eliminate a patient’s reliance on glasses or contact lenses. Providing a safe procedure with improved longevity when compared to alternatives, RLE offers the ability to replace the natural eye lens with a bifocal, trifocal, multifocal, toric or bespoke implants, successfully addressing  common vision disorders such as:

Hyperopia: Or being “longsighted”. …

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