Month: October 2016

What is glaucoma and how does it affect you?

By: | October 30, 2016

Glaucoma is the name for a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, the nerve which carries information from the eye to the brain. When this vital nerve is damaged, there is a high risk that you might lose your vision. Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of legal blindness in the world. At first, people with glaucoma lose their peripheral vision and if it goes untreated, vision loss may get worse leading to total blindness over time.

There are no obvious symptoms of glaucoma like most other health conditions apart from the gradual loss of vision and as such, it’s important to have regular eye tests to check for glaucoma especially if there’s a family history of the condition. Read More

Treating glaucoma

By: | October 25, 2016

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can have consequences varying from vision loss to total blindness. The good news is that however, with early detection and treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss!

Immediate treatment for early-stage, open-angle glaucoma can delay progression of the disease and that’s why early diagnosis is very important. Glaucoma treatments include can include medicines, laser trabeculoplasty, conventional surgery, or a combination of any of these. While these treatments may save remaining vision, they do not improve sight already lost from glaucoma.

Medicines, in the form of eyedrops or pills, are the most common early treatment for glaucoma. Taken regularly, these eyedrops lower eye pressure. Some medicines cause the eye to make less fluid while others lower pressure by helping fluid drain from the eye. Read More

What is diabetic retinopathy?

By: | October 20, 2016

Diabetic retinopathy is a disease of the retina caused by diabetes that involves damage to the tiny blood vessels in the back of your eye. While the early stages of the disease may not cause symptoms, they will eventually develop is it progresses into its advanced, or proliferative, stage.

You may develop a gradual blurring of vision that can often go unnoticed. In some patients, blood vessels leak at the macula of the eye, i.e. the part of the retina responsible for central vision, causing loss of vision. A special photographic process known as fundus flourescein angiography (FFA) may be recommended by your ophthalmologist to help detect early effects of diabetic retinopathy.

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Keep a watchful eye

By: | October 17, 2016

Eye tests play a hugely significant role in making sure your eyes stay healthy. Not only are eye tests important for checking whether you need to start wearing glasses or need to change your prescription, but also for detecting some common medical conditions such as diabetes! An eye test is recommended at least every two years.

Your eye doctor will usually conduct a basic eye examination that will consist of an external check of your eyes, the eyelids and the surrounding areas. Parts of the eye, such as the conjunctiva, sclera, cornea and iris, will also be inspected for signs of disease.

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Oily fish may slow down eye diseases

By: | October 12, 2016

Eating fish like mackerel and salmon which are abundant in Omega-3 fatty acids can help to slow down the effects of early and late stage macular degeneration, according to a 2008 study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Age-related macular degeneration is a chronic irreversible medical condition that can result in the loss of vision due to damage to the macula, also known as the central part of the retina.

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Quit stressing out

By: | October 9, 2016

Some of us can attest to the admittedly unhealthy benefits of rushing a deadline with only an hour to spare as it somehow pushes you to produce your best work. But what people conveniently leave out is the constant headaches, lethargy, and generally high levels of irritation due to the lack of sleep. Did you also know that being under stress for an extended period of time may even cause irreversible cognitive damage?

Contrary to what you see in the movies, the last thing you want if you are prone to bouts of stress is regular cups of coffee throughout the day. So, step one for reducing anxiety is to become caffeine-free!

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No one likes a negative Nancy

By: | October 5, 2016

Feeling like you’re lesser than your peers for reasons like career progression, yearly bonuses, lavish lifestyles, or even looks is one that’s all too familiar for the majority of us. While there is no shortage of articles on the internet telling you that comparison is the thief of joy, even the best of us fall into the trap of wallowing in self-pity, some much longer than others.

So how do you dig yourself out of this hole once you feel you’re in too deep? Here’s a few ways you can get out of that rut:

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Feeling out of place?

By: | October 1, 2016

While it’s generally common to sometimes feel out of place at a social event you got dragged to by a friend, are you aware that there exists a serious disorder related to that feeling? Social anxiety disorder, sometimes referred to as social phobia, isn’t just feeling shy to speak to a stranger.

Having social anxiety disorder makes you extremely anxious about other people’s opinions about yourself, how they may judge you and as a result, social interactions with other human beings become an absolute nightmare.

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