How social media can help advance the Universal Eye Health goal
The WHO has implemented an action plan amongst its member states to promote the prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.
The microscopic implant that treats glaucoma
Glaucoma can lead to sight loss – even blindness – if it’s not diagnosed and treated early. Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Gok Ratnarajan describes the treatments that could help save your sight.
Diabetic retinopathy can lead to loss of sight
Your retinal screening appointment can identify problems with your sight before you’ve even noticed they’re there. Spotting problems early can quite literally save your sight.
Artificial intelligence is changing the way we diagnose eye disease
AI is transforming the way healthcare practitioners and doctors detect disease, enabling quicker diagnosis and therefore more effective treatment plans for patients. This is particularly true for eye disease.
Funding shortfall for eye research
Research funding is urgently needed in the race to halt the growing number of people suffering macular disease – the UK’s leading cause of sight loss.
Eye tests are as important as going to the dentist
Our sight is precious. You only have to close your eyes for a moment to appreciate just how important your vision and eye health is. And, for 83% of us, sight is the sense we treasure most.
Eye health and eye tests as we get older
Eye diseases don’t always cause obvious symptoms. An eye test by an optician doesn’t just check to see whether you need glasses – it’s also an important check on the health of your eyes.
Keep an eye out for your child’s vision
New research indicates that myopia is more than twice as prevalent among children in the UK now than 50 years ago. We review early warning signs that may indicate a problem.
Top tips for using eye drops
Most people with glaucoma are treated with eye drops, which help to reduce the pressure in the eye and to modify the risk. Nearly everyone finds it difficult to use eye drops.
My eye problems meant I couldn't see to walk at night
Nia Malene Martin was just a teenager when she was diagnosed with glaucoma. She had to stop driving and couldn’t go out with friends at night; she became lonely and depressed.
A brighter future for glaucoma diagnosis and treatment
A number of breakthroughs are beginning to emerge that point to a more positive future for glaucoma patients.
Could you have glaucoma?
Preventing unnecessary glaucoma-caused sight loss by raising awareness of the condition, supporting those with glaucoma and by funding research.
We should take advantage of the UK's accessible eye care
The health of our eyes is precious. So it's important to protect it with regular eye examinations, which can also highlight other health concerns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.