Six myths that may ruin your sight
Ceri Smith-Jaynes, high street optometrist and spokesperson for the Association of Optometrists (AOP), busts some of the most common myths relating to eye sight.
Overnight lenses gradually changed the shape of Claire's corneas
Claire Robson discovered the use of amazing, new lens technology to help correct her short-sightedness.
Surgical advances improve outcomes in glaucoma
New minimally invasive surgical technology in glaucoma is saving sight and improving patients’ lives.
Modern living's impact on your health
As a nation, we are continuously glued to our screens, whether that be our computers or our mobile phones, but is it having a real impact on our eyes?
UK’s eye health out of focus
For 83 per cent of us, sight is the sense we’d least like to lose. Yet, in Britain today a million people are living with avoidable sight loss.
Getting good eye care onto the curriculum
An undiagnosed eye problem can make the difference to a child’s success with work and friends at school.
Take time to test your eyes
Eye tests are crucial for all of us for many different reasons. Here, our experts explain why, and what to expect.
Stopping glaucoma before it starts
Glaucoma can take away up to 40 per cent of your sight before you even notice it’s gone, and regular eye checks are the only way to stop the condition in its tracks.
What do your eyes say about your health?
A routine eye test does more than just assess your sight: a range of life-threatening illnesses can be detected by your optometrist.
Technology is changing lives in sight loss
Technology is giving people with low vision a real chance to live full and independent lives.
London calling on eye health
Londoners are needlessly losing their sight -and a new London Assembly inquiry aims to find out why.
Why people should see eye tests as a priority
Many people still put their eyesight at risk by failing to attend regular check-ups. A new report explains how Governments and services must start working to put this right.
A GP for the eyes
Did you know that many of us can now be treated for minor eye conditions without having to go to our GP? We explain how to access these in your community and for what conditions.
Looking out for your child’s eye health
New research indicates that myopia is more than twice as prevalent among UK children now as 50 years ago. We review how to take best care of young eyes.
Setting new standards in refractive surgery
Improved patient information as well as enhanced regulation in the area of laser eye surgery are key issues addressed in updated guidelines due out this month.
Leading effective cross-sector initiatives for people with sight loss
Mercy Jeyasingham, CEO, VISION 2020 UK, the umbrella body for the eye health and sight loss sector, outlines some of the challenges for the sector.
Glaucoma, “the silent thief of sight”
It can develop imperceptibly over the course of years, even leading to blindness if undetected. We look at the value of regular eye checks and who should be particularly aware.
Glaucoma and driving: the facts
The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) regularly receives calls from people unsure about whether they should be driving. CEO Karen Osborn clarifies.
The gift of sight
The vast majority (82%) of the world’s blind are aged 50 and over, and sadly age-related cataracts – which can be easily treated – are responsible for more than half (51%) of world blindness.
Technology and eye-health: seeing a better future
Technological advances are set to shape the detection and treatment of poor eye health over the next 15 years. The results could be a much clearer future for everyone.
The UK’s eye health is out of focus
Half of all sight loss is avoidable, yet forecasters predict that the number of people living with sight loss will increase by a third, by 2030. David Cartwright explains what can be done to halt this unnecessary decline.
Eye tests 'could help identify people at risk of dementia'
Scientific breakthroughs mean that eye tests could play a part in diagnosing dementia years before symptoms begin to show, helping those at risk of developing the disease.
Close contact: caring for contact lenses
Millions of us wear contact lenses on a regular basis. And while they are fantastic at giving us freedom from glasses, we must follow some simple lens care advice to avoid any issues.
Regular testing vital for children's eye health
A new report notes that children with undiagnosed vision problems struggle to overcome obstacles to their education and wellbeing — yet their parents aren't ensuring they have regular eye checks.
When a simple eye test becomes a teenage life-saver
An eye examination discovered that teenager Sophie Bone had an underlying health problem. Further investigations diagnosed it as the potentially fatal condition, Intracranial Hypertension.
Choose the right glasses to give you specs appeal
Choose the right pair of glasses and you can make a bold fashion statement, reflect your personality, boost your confidence and look younger.
Eat your way to healthier eyes
Like every other part of our body, our eyes can benefit if we eat more healthily, but we don’t always know which foods or supplements will protect our vision.
The vision generation: how different ages view eye health
Even though our sight is incredibly important to us, a new report shows that different generations have different attitudes when it comes to looking after the health of their eyes.
8 Tips for eye health
Some tips on eye health from Mediaplanet's 'Eye Health' campaign, launched on 18/09/2016.
The case of Wubit Habtie and her journey battling vision impairment
An Estimated 10% of the world’s population are like Wubit Habtie, visually impaired but without any access to eye care services and spectacles.
Leading collaboration in the eye health and sight loss sectors
Mercy Jeyasingham, CEO of VISION 2020 UK, the umbrella body for the eye health and sight loss sectors, outlines the challenges and reasons for optimism within the sector.
Research shows an increase in prevalence of myopia
Earlier this year research jointly funded by the College of Optometrists and Ulster University showed that myopia is more than twice as prevalent among children in the UK-based cohort used in the study now than it was in the 1960s.
Tackle hay fever eye problems with early treatment
As soon as spring arrives and the pollen season begins, those with hay fever may start to feel the familiar symptoms resurfacing. Hay fever is the collection of symptoms experiences when someone has an allergic reaction to pollen and is one of the most common allergic conditions.
Seven days to focus on eye health
Half of all sight loss is avoidable yet forecasters predict that the number of people living with sight loss will double by 2050. David Cartwright, Chair of National Eye Health Week explains what can be done to halt this unnecessary decline.
Research suggests thousands of children with disabilities in the UK are missing out on the eye care they need
When SeeAbility gave Brandon a sight test at his special school it was a real shock to hear what they found. Nobody had realised Brandon couldn’t see out of his right eye.
Common eye health myths debunked!
Worried that your children’s TV habits will damage their eyes? Ever thought that a missing contact lens was lost behind your eye? You are not alone. This article aims to separate the fact from the fiction.
Is Laser Cataract Surgery the Future?
Read about the exciting new laser technology which is transforming eye surgery.
The new tech detecting 'lazy eye' condition
Strabismus causes partial sightedness in up to 4% of the developed world. But how can technology help?
Q and A with Keryn Seal, Captain of the England Blind Football Team
Keryn Seal talks about how he got into the sport, his proudest moments and how others can follow suit.
Smart contact lenses treating glaucoma
Adancements in technology will enable us to identify change long before any loss of sight, further improving diagnosis and monitoring.
The question for people losing their sight - glasses or lenses?
It depends on the individual, but new vision correction innovations mean there are now big benefits to both glasses and lenses.
The eye health challenges facing the UK today
Our ageing population and unhealthy lifestyles are fuelling a steep decline in our eye health and vision.
Everything you need to know about contact lenses
Thinking about investing in contact lenses? Discover the best option for you with these key facts and considerations every perspective wearer should know.
Hotel spa disaster with contact lenses: “My left eye will never look the same again”
Jennie, who was attending a residential training course in July 2011, wore her contact lenses believing that the worst that could happen is misplacing one, in reality this was far from the case.
Vision on for hi-tech eye implant
A ground-breaking new eye implant is helping restore sight lost through macular degeneration.
Bringing the latest technology to eye care
The vision industry has a range of new, cutting-edge technologies that are helping people overcome their vision problems and see more clearly than ever before, as optometrist and Head of Professional Development at the Association of Optometrists, Karen Sparrow explains.
The top 5 ways that technology helps us to see into the future
5 ways that technological advances can change lives for the visually impaired.
Eye tests prevent blindness
Most people say losing their eyesight is the disability they fear most and yet tragically 50% of visual impairment in the UK is preventable through early detection.
The importance of eye testing in detecting childhood eye cancers
NHS statistics show far fewer parents take their children for eye health checks than dentist appointments. But regular eye tests are crucial for detecting health problems, including rare childhood eye cancers.
Are smartphones causing your child’s eyestrain?
How many hours a day does your child spend
looking at a screen? Is this tech-savvy generation of children susceptible to eye damage?
Putting confidence back in the frame
Insensitive behaviour towards kids with glasses carries on into adulthood, as it can be seen as a sign of advancing years.
AMD: leading cause of blindness in western world
Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is a condition which occurs in older people that can cause blindness if untreated. Early diagnosis is, therefore, key.
20/20 Vision doesn’t equal 10/10 healthy eyes
Regular eye examinations are important as they can determine detrimental diseases invisible to the naked eye, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma and even brain tumours.
Glaucoma symptoms mistaken for stress: Hayley’s story
Glaucoma is treatable, yet while progression can be treated, lost sight cannot be retrieved, as Hayley Mason, 39 discovered.
Half a million Britons to lose sight by 2020
Two million people in the UK are living with sight loss. An extra half a million could lose their sight by 2020. Francesca Marchetti, Chair of National Eye Health 2013, explores the eye health challenges facing the UK.
Children's eye care- from Luke’s point of view
Children’s eyes must be tested regularly. Correcting vision problems early can make a huge difference to young lives, as seven-year-old Luke Miller — and his mum, Helen — discovered.
Suffering with dry, gritty eyes in silence?
Dry eye syndrome or dry eye disease is a common, inconvenient and sometimes distressing condition to millions of people who simply put up with it in its milder forms believing it to be a form of dry skin. It isn't.
Cure common eye complaints with simple treatments
While it differs condition to condition, the right treatment for your common eye complaints are best treated by professional diagnosis.
Little known ways to find the best laser eye surgeon
Research carefully to ensure you find the right laser eye surgeon for your vision correction.
The “1 millionth of a billionth of a second” surgery
Laser eye surgery technology has advanced tremendously in recent years leading to "shorter and safer pulses" of beamed light for surgery, says Bobby Qureshi, at the London Eye Hospital.
Sight test at 21 months caught vision problem early
A child’s vision should be checked before starting school as caught early, eye conditions can be treated. For parent Tania Preedy, her child's eye check couldn't have come soon enough.
Opticians are now skilled to customise glasses based on patient height
Over the years spectacle technology has advanced considerably meaning it’s possible to buy glasses that are tailored to an individual’s speciﬁc requirements.
New research shows good nutrition can reduce risk of bad vision
It’s obvious that good diet plays a significant role in keeping our hearts disease-free, but what about our eyes? What are some of the ways in which we can improve our eye health?
Spotting glaucoma early with eye checks
David Hurst, 27, was diagnosed with glaucoma, a condition where the optic nerve suffers damage from pressure building up behind the eye. A delayed eye check makes him wonder if this could have been avoided.
Eye tests 'essential for eye health'
Lack of exercise and poor diets means it is more essential than ever for people to heed the message of National Eye Health Week that regular eye tests are an essential health check.
The opportunities available for those visually impaired
Tiri Hughes, 16, from Devon, has been registered as sight impaired since the age of 7. She has multiple eye conditions including double elevator palsy, neurological conduction delay, nystagmus, astigmatism and photophobia.
4 Top tips when considering laser eye surgery
Laser eye surgery can transform lives, yet from consultation to aftercare it's important to find the right option and care provider for you. Try these top tips as a starter.