Top Tips For Healthy Eyes

From seeing your first grandchild to watching the flowers in your garden bloom, vision is one of the strongest of our senses, so don’t take your eye health for granted.

Follow our top tips for healthy eyes, and make sure you’re always seeing your best.

1) Stop smoking

If you smoke, quit now. Smoking increases your chances of developing cataracts, suffering optic nerve damage and macular degeneration.

2) Wear sunglasses

Not just a fashion statement, the right kind of sunglasses will also help to protect your eyes from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. If you don’t protect your eyes from the sun you could increase your risk of cataracts or macular degeneration. To be effective sunglasses should block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays.

3) Visit your optician or consultant ophthalmologist regularly

Everyone, including young children, should get their eyes examined regularly. It will help you to always see your best and should help ensure any vision problems are spotted, and treated, early on.

4) Get treatment if you need it

Common degenerative conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration can all be treated to help restore better sight or prevent the conditions from getting any worse. Procedures are relatively straightforward and will help you to get back to living life to the full.

Surgery to correct vision

If you use glasses or contact lenses you may want to consider surgery to help correct your vision so you no longer need to use them. In some cases, this surgery can actually improve your eyesight to better quality than that achieved with glasses or contact lenses.

Excimer laser surgery

Excimer laser surgery (photo refractive keratectomy or PRK) involves using a computer controlled laser to reshape the cornea (the front of the eye). It is suitable for people with short-sight, long-sight and astigmatisms. We use the new VISX excimer laser system which offers Active Trak system and Variable Spot Scanning - which means our operating procedures are as safe and accurate as possible.

Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)

Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a very successful form of refractive surgery. It combines microsurgery and excimer laser treatment by using a laser to microscopically reshape the cornea. LASIK is suitable for people with short-sight, long-sight and astigmatism and is a brief pain-free out-patient procedure and in most cases both eyes can be treated on the same day.

During surgery, a thin hinged flap on the cornea is created by either using a special instrument called a microkeratome or with a Femtosecond laser if you prefer to opt for a blade-free procedure. This flap is then carefully folded back and the laser removes a pre-calculated microscopic amount of tissue from the deeper layers of the cornea. Once treatment is complete, the flap is returned to its original position. This procedure takes only a few minutes per eye and vision is normally recovered quickly, with no need for stitching.

Personalised Treatment CustomVue™

CustomVue™ is a version of LASIK that can measure and correct even the more complex imperfections in your vision. This offers the potential to experience better vision than is possible with glasses or contact lenses - your personal best vision.

Our consultant ophthalmologists can help you to keep your eyes healthy and your vision at its best.

To book your consultation call us on 0800 101 0337.

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