The eye is one the most important organs in our body. While not necessary for life, our vision is integral to how we experience and relate to the world around us. It has been estimated that as much as 80% of our perception and comprehension of our surroundings comes through vision. In other words, while the other senses like touch, taste, hearing and smell are important to understand the things we come in contact with, they only contribute 20% of our knowledge, while sight makes up the other 80%!
We can understand why it is therefore so important to keep our eyes healthy. Despite this, there are a lot of people who will visit a dentist every year but will never go and see an optometrist because they think they don’t have to. They, therefore, have no idea how healthy their eyes are or what issues they have a higher risk of having to deal with as they get older.
What is this post about?
Let’s start by what it is not about. It is not about encouraging you not to have regular eye examinations with a qualified professional. Any advice you may get from this website will never be as good as someone actually looking at your eyes in detail.
So what is it about then? Our aim is to increase awareness about different eye and vision issues, to suggest possible treatments for common and straightforward problems that are easily and readily available and most importantly to help you get the best information about ensuring that your eyes stay healthy and feel great!
So many questions!
We get asked literally asked questions about different aspects of the eyes and vision and we can see that people are desperate for some direction in these areas. Just over the last couple of months we have been asked a whole variety of questions, including:
- What causes dry eyes? What can you do about it?
- What are the advantages of water gradient contact lenses over ordinary ones?
- Is an oral antihistamine good enough for the eyes during hay fever or do I need eye drops, too?
- Do I have to have a cataract operation or can I just take drops?
- Am I at risk for glaucoma? What is glaucoma?
- My grandmother has macular degeneration, am I likely to get it too?’
- What can I do about the bags under my eyes?
- Is there cosmetic surgery for the eyes?
- My glasses prescription keeps on getting worse, how can I slow it down?
- How important are sunglasses or are they just a fashion item?
We hope to eventually cover all of these questions over the coming months and we will be regularly posting more, essential information so keep checking back to see what’s been added.
And if you have any questions about your eyes that you want us to address or would want to know about prescription eyewear particularly contact lenses that can be worn for a week, be sure to comment and we will either reply or set up a blog post to answer them the best way we can.
Keep well and stay healthy!