Optical Health

Keep exercising.

by Caron on January 27, 2017

You are never too old to exercise. Older woman who do not exercise daily have cells biologically older than their actual age, research suggests. Source: Sedentary lifestyle in older women ‘ages body cells’ – BBC News Women who lead a sedentary lifestyle have faster-ageing cells than those who exercise every day, research suggests. Research on […]

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Keep an eye on

by Caron on January 21, 2017

Keep an eye on your eye health Nowadays, an eyesight test does so much more than just check your vision and eye health. A sight test now can also spot the early signs of illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Early detection of these diseases, helps with their management. What are your entitlements? […]

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Restoring sight-Give Vision

by Caron on August 17, 2016

Sight PLUS –  Vision Enhancement As someone who has a keen interest in products and services to help anyone with sight loss this really excited me. Give Vision are developing software for head-mountable wearables – Goggles and Glasses that have the potential to transform the lives of millions of people across the world who have […]

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Need it to Read it

by Caron on August 9, 2016

Need It to Read It Campaign All health and adult social care providers in England are now required to provide medical information in a format that blind and partially sighted people can easily access.This was introduced in July of 2016. This is due to the NHS England  and the Accessible Information Standard which means that anyone providing […]

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Foods for eye health

by Caron on May 25, 2016

Foods for eye Health Good eyesight is important to us all. I am realising this more as I age as my sight is not as sharp as it once was. With this in mind, I would like to share some delicious sounding recipes with you that not only taste amazing but help to maintain good […]

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Best foods for AMD

by Caron on March 29, 2016

What are the best foods to eat to prevent Age Related Macular Degeneration. Even for people who have AMD consuming more foods with a high in Leutein  content will be beneficial. To maintain an all-rounded healthy eyes diet, you should keep these foods in your list: eggs, wheat germ, turkey, non-roasted almonds, non-roasted brazil nuts, chicken […]

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Do you know someone with poor sight ?           Think Big !Crosswords and Books are not the only items available in large Print. Most Banks, Building Societies and Credit Card companies are offering large print bills to customers. They are printed on A3 size paper and greatly enlarged. A small A4 […]

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Macular, best reading options

by Caron on November 9, 2015

What colour combination is best for people with Macular degeneration?   Did you know that people with impaired vision/sight loss actually find it easier to read print if it is on a yellow background ? This is not the best example but I hope you can follow my logic in using this image ? For […]

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Detecting AMD – the Amsler grid

by Caron on July 27, 2015

 Detecting Age Related Macular Degeneration. This is the Amsler Grid Developed by a  Swiss Opthalmologist Marc Amsler, the  amsler grid has been used since 1945 for detecting age related macular degeneration. It is a grid of horizontal and vertical lines used to monitor a person’s central vision. Age related macular degeneration causes the loss of central […]

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Avastin Versus Lucentis

by Caron on February 28, 2015

Avastin Versus Lucentis for Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration NHS-funded research says both Lucentis and Avastin have a similar effect in preventing loss of sight when used for wet age-related macular degeneration. Avastin was available before Lucentis was approved, some eye doctors began to use smaller quantities of it in the eye. It has shown some good results […]

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Nutrition for Good Vision

by Caron on September 25, 2014

Having seen the devastation caused by my Mother in Laws’ sight loss, nutrition for good vision is of great importance to me. Hazel Pelham from Devon Nutrition is my resident expert here on diet and nutrition and this is her latest article about Nutrition for Good Vision. Vision Nutrition. By Hazel Pelham. It’s just your […]

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Medication and Sight Loss

by Caron on July 20, 2014

Medication and sight loss don’t make good partners. With the introduction of blister pack medicine managers this is helped but these are still liable to errors. I have a client with sight loss and even she has noticed her medication has been wrong on 3 occasions this year ! If someone elderly you care for […]

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Treating age related macular degeneration

by Caron on January 21, 2014

Age related macular degeneration causes the loss of central vision in older adults and can cause substantial difficulties with everyday tasks. The wet form of this condition ( the more serious ) has in the past been treated with an expensive injections into the eye of the drug Lucentis. In many cases patients pay privately […]

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Age-related macular degeneration

by Caron on December 30, 2013

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye condition affecting the macula ,part of the retina,at the back of the eye. AMD causes problems with central vision but doesn’t lead to total sight loss and is not painful. It affects the vision used looking directly at something, for example reading, looking at photos or watching television. […]

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Age Related Macular Degeneration

by Caron on December 26, 2013

Age related macular degeneration is the largest cause of sight loss in the Uk In the UK most blindness and sight loss is linked to ageing It is feared that the UK could face a “Blindness epidemic”, according to a report from the Express newspaper which reported that Britain faces a sight loss epidemic caused […]

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Low Vision Aids

by Caron on October 26, 2013

 Low Vision Aids   A low vision assessment will help people with central vision loss decide whether items like magnifiers will be of benefit to them and teach them how to use them. There are also ways they can learn to use the vision they still have more effectively. Low vision services are about making […]

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New skills for seeing

by Caron on October 14, 2013

New skills for seeing Many people who have sight loss due to macular degeneration may be unaware that they can learn new skills for making the most of the sight they still have ? “New Skills for seeing ” is the service offered by the Macular Society and can help with reading, watching television and going […]

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Help with sight loss

by Caron on October 1, 2013

    Are you visually impaired or do you know someone who is ? What help do you need and where can you find it ? Action for Blind people is a National Charity with a local reach. Although the name refers to blind this does also include people who are visually impaired and have […]

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Does someone have to have no sight to be registered blind If someone you care for has increasing sight loss  it is helpful to ask if they qualify to be registered blind. Being registered blind may entitled them to certain state benefits. Does someone have to have no sight to be registered blind?  The answer […]

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I don’t know about you but I have always taken it for granted that blind people used white sticks?. This doctrine actually comes from my childhood. So where did the white stick originate and why do people with sight loss use white sticks ? And is it only totally Blind people who use one ? […]

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Magnifiers for poor sight

by Caron on February 19, 2013

If you or someone you know suffers from poor sight there are many forms of strong magnifiers available, These range from magnifiers that hang around your neck to those that are like paperweights and you glide them across the paper work you want to read. Amazon Uk have a wide range of magnifiers which you […]

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Cataracts

by Caron on February 6, 2013

 Our eyesight is such a precious sense and one we tend to take for granted for the most part. My Mother in Law was virtually blind due to glaucoma and cataracts and so I  appreciate my sight. If I planted hanging baskets she would have to feel and smell them as she couldn’t see and […]

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