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Eye Examinations

The Eyesey Baby Chronicles: Screen Time – Friend or Foe?

The Little One turned 2 in January and is growing and changing at the rate of knots. With both Hubby and I having professions in health care, we are very aware of how she is developing; specifically, in my case it’s her visual development and in hubby’s case it’s speech and language. We are naturally […]

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Key Eyesight Milestones in Children

As a child grows, everything about them changes faster than you can say Ooo Eyesey! So how do you know when there is a problem, if your little toddler can’t say to you “Mummy I can’t pick up that toy because my 3-D vision is not good” or “Daddy I can’t watch you as you […]

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Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes.

This week, 11th – 17th June 2017 is Diabetes Week. Organisations such as Diabetes UK are working tirelessly to raise awareness of the problems associated with diabetes, which can seriously impact quality of life, not only of those that have it, but of family members too. Diabetes affects the whole body, in particular, the feet, […]

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The Eyesey Baby Chronicles: The Newborn Eye Check

When I was still in the hospital after the little one was born, the paediatrician came to give her the “once over” before discharging her. She did all manner of things like checking weight, height, hip movements, head circumference… the list goes on. Then she whips out an instrument so familiar to me, yet so […]

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Astigmatism? What’s that?

“Astigmatism” is not a well known term when talking about the need for glasses. To highlight this, the question I get asked when discussing the fact I wear glasses, is: “What do you need glasses for, far or near?” i.e. long sight or short sight, otherwise known as hyperopia or myopia. My response: “Actually I […]

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How much do GPs know about your eyes?

One day just before Christmas, my friend woke up with a red eye. No pain, no blurriness, no crustiness, just perhaps a slight ache. I told her it’s simply a burst blood vessel that will heal itself over the next 10 days, no treatment necessary, just leave well alone. Mum (who’s an Optometrist like myself) […]

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Is eye health a priority for you?

Today I was astonished to read an article stating that more than 90% of a number of British people surveyed do not think eye health is a top concern when considering their overall well-being! Published on World Sight Day (9th October), a survey of 2000 people showed that 93% stated eye health was not a […]

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How Many Times Do You Blink?

Blinking is something we never really think about. Have you ever stopped and consciously said to yourself… “Ah, now I need to blink!” I seriously doubt it… it is just one of those incredible things that our body does instinctively to protect the surface of our eyes. Did you know, our resting blink rate is […]

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Watery Eyes

I regularly see patients who complain to me of watery eyes. The constant eye wiping, resulting in skin irritation around the eyes, and there may be occasional blurry vision due to tearing. In actual fact there are a phenomenal number of reasons why the eyes might be watery. I started to classify and categorise them […]

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The Free Eye Test Conundrum

As an independent boutique opticians, being relatively new on the high street, I am constantly looking for ways to attract new clientele into the practice. Is the “free eye test” option an appropriate means of doing that? Walking down the street, we are bombarded with half price offers, this percentage off, that percentage off, buy […]

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