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21 October 2019What to do about Dry Eye - part 2

Once you havea  diagnosis it's important to understand there is ano quick fix - this is a condition that requires management. If drops were prescribed get into a habit of using them regularly. And make some other changes to help prevent symptoms.

  • Avoid cold winds which can evaportate your tears quicker - try wraparound sunglasses
  • Dry environments won't help, so when the heating is on a cup of water on your radiator will help with humidity
  • Blink properly. Blinking is automatic but take the time to blink fully - squeezing your eyes closed. This can help spread your tears and prevent drying

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/

 

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