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11 September 2019What to do about Dry Eye - part 1

Dry Eye Syndrome is a common condition usually due to insufficient or inadequate tears. It can make your eyes feel uncomfortable, it can cause your vision to be blurry and it can even result in watery eyes due to overproduction of the salt water part of your tears and not enough of the oily part.

If you have any of these symptoms best get an eye examination first to confirm it is Dry Eyes and your Optometrist can advice on artificial tears and other things to help. 

14 August 2019Diabetic Eye Disease: How, Why, What

In Scotland, annual Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) eye screening is offered to everyone with Diabetes over the age of 12.

DR can occur when high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels at the back of the eye. DR is a major cause of sight loss in Scotland so it is important to get your eyes screened annually. There are often no symptome until the disease is well under way.

Screening is something your GP can arrange - or speak to your Optometrist to find out more.

One way to minimise the risk of DR is to keep good control of your Diabetes and your blood sugar levels. Everyone with Diabetes knows to cut down on sugar - but sugar is in so many foods, not just sweets and biscuits. Have a look at these infographics, which have been endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellance (NICE).

26 July 2019What does it mean to be Registered Blind?

Suffering sight loss can be a confusing and upsetting time. And if your eye care professional suggests registration it can be hard to know what to do. 

So here are some facts.

There are 2 levels of Registration

  • Severely Sight Impaired (blind)
  • Sight Impaired (partially sighted)

Only an ophthalmologist (an eye doctor) can fill in the form for registration and this is then passed to your local authority. This only happens with your permission.

What's the point?

Well, the local authority will visit you to discuss your needs and how they can help. This may be with equipment and aids for around the home, training to help you use the sight you have left, or financial concessions such as reduction in TV liecence fees, free public transport, access to the Blue Badge Scheme, Tax allowances. 

There is more information available online. Follow the links below. Or give me a call if there's something you want to discuss about your sight loss. 

Ann McBay 

https://www.visibility.org.uk/

 

01 July 2019It's Macular Awareness Week

We’re coming to the end of Macular Awareness Week and I thought it might be handy to go over Age-related Macular Degeneration. What is Macular Degeneration? What, even, is the macula?
Well, Macular Degeneration gets a lot of press, so you may have heard of it. When I did my training 25 years ago we were taught to call it “wear and tear”. It was something that happened as your eyes got older and there was nothing we could do about it. That has all changed. We now know so much more about macular degeneration. And although there is no cure yet, there are some treatments for some types of the disease. But it is still, by far, the main cause of sight loss in the UK. 
So, what is it? The macula is an area at the back of your eye that controls your central vision. When you’re looking at me, you’re using your macula. So, when this central vision area is damaged it can affect everything - reading, watching TV, communicating, recognising people, crossing a road safely, pouring water into a cup. There are 2 main types- Dry AMD and Wet AMD. Dry AMD is more gradual and has to do with a build up of lipids, or fatty deposits, under the macula area. Wet AMD comes on quicker, has a bigger impact on your vision and is to do with new blood vessels growing under the macula that shouldn’t be there. Sometimes you can get injections to help prevent vision loss with this type, the wet type. But otherwise, so far,  there’s no treatment for either. 
Prevention is the best thing you can do! The risk factors for Macular disease include smoking and poor diet. Eating a real food diet - a diet which limits processed foods and sugar and is rich in “real” foods like vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, dairy-  is a great idea for more than just your macula health! 
And if you’re worried about changes in your vision - book an eye examination straight away. 
And if you can no longer leave your home without assistance, you can book a home visit optician on 0141 611 9696
Ann McBay, principal optometrist, McBay Mobile Opticians

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