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Anyone who wears contact lenses will have heard their optician telling them never to sleep in their contact lenses, but sometimes you might feel as though you have no option – such as if you end up having an unplanned night away from home and don’t have a contact lens case or solution to hand.
But one eye expert has warned that this is a terrible idea, and that you should always remove your lenses before going to bed.
Speaking to Refinery29, Laura DiMeglio, OD, an ophthalmology instructor at Johns Hopkins University, explained that wearing lenses overnight can stop your eyes being able to ‘breathe’. Your cornea gets its oxygen from the air and having the extra barrier of a contact lens as well as your eyelid overnight can mean it doesn’t get the oxygen it needs.
This can result in breaks in the surface of your cornea, which let bacteria in and this in turn can cause infections.
So if you don’t have your contact lens case and solution with you, is there anything you can do? Dr DiMeglio says that there’s no substitute for a proper sterile solution. Tap water is certainly not a good alternative.
Irenie Ekkeshis recently told the BBC how she lost the sight in one eye after an infection developed in her cornea. It was caused by a micro-organism common in tap, sea and swimming pool water and although rare, the majority of cases affect those who wear contact lenses.
Ms Ekkeshis was told that her infection could have been caused by handling her contact lenses with wet hands. She has since set up a campaign to warn people about the dangers of exposing their lenses to water.
As a supplier of contact lenses and contact lens cases, your customers good eye health will be of the utmost importance to you and they’ll no doubt come to you for advice and guidance on it. Therefore, it’s good to educate yourself on any matters which might come up in conversation, and in coming years, this new topic is sure to get tongues wagging.
According to Fox32
, a US company has set up a new online vision test, which works by connecting your phone to your computer, asking questions and testing your sight with certain visual cues. It will then sell you a prescription based on the results.
For the customer to whom booking an eye test is an unwelcome chore, this might sound like the perfect remedy, as well as offering an alternative for regular re-testing to check if your eyesight, and therefore your prescription, has changed.
Currently, this service, called Opternative, is available in 39 of the 50 United States, and is a concept that’s growing in popularity.
However, critics of the technology say that it is no comparison to a professional eye test. Dr. Eric Baas, ophthalmologist with the Illinois College of Optometry, is concerned about the tests missing serious eye conditions: “This test doesn’t even cover one single element of the 12 elements that make up a comprehensive eye exam which opens the door for the potential to miss potential sight threatening diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts.”
Many customers have been happy with the service, and whether it makes an impact in the UK or not is yet to be seen.
This month (March) sees the launch of World Glaucoma Week, taking place between the 12th and the 18th, intended to help raise awareness of the condition, while encouraging national health authorities to come up with an action plan that combats glaucoma blindness and produce educational material about it that features the most current expert content available.
It’s expected that the number of people developing glaucoma will rise to 76 million come the year 2020, up from the estimated 64.3 million back in 2013. In order to combat this, “enormous efforts” will be required over the next ten years to overcome the impact of the condition around the world – as such, new strategies must be brought out mandatorily, related to glaucoma screening, diagnosis, treatment and rehab.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that result in progressive damage of the optic nerve. If left untreated, the majority of the different glaucoma types progress to gradually worsening eyesight damage and could result in blindness. Once this visual damage has been incurred, it is irreversible for the most part – which is why glaucoma is often described as the “sneak thief of sight”.
It’s actually the second most common cause of blindness around the world, with some 4.5 million people globally blind because of it. Some forms can occur at birth or during infancy and childhood, but the majority appear after people hit their 50s and the frequency of the condition does increase with age. There is no known cure as yet and the vision loss is irreversible, but medication and surgery can halt or slow the progress of any vision loss.
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Children are spending too much time staring at screens and that’s leading to eye damage, according to optometrists and clinical psychologists in New Zealand.
Newshub reported on a survey conducted by Specsavers, which found that one in five children in New Zealand are spending as much as 35 hours per week staring at screens. That’s nearly the equivalent of having a full-time job.
Speaking to the news provider, optometrist Ayah Hadi explained optometrists are seeing increasing numbers of young people with eye problems.
“We’re seeing more and more children who are at risk of eye damage and are becoming more short-sighted or myopic,” she explained.
Ms Hadi added that this means a growing number of children in New Zealand are likely to need glasses, or who will have to carry out eye exercises to strengthen their vision.
Because children’s eyes are still developing, they are at greater risk of developing problems from prolonged exposure to screens than adults.
Earlier this month, the Daily Mail reported on research conducted in Spain, which highlighted the potential dangers of spending too much time looking at screens.
According to researchers at the University Complutense in Madrid, the high energy light emitted by digital screens is irreversibly damaging our retinas. They added that children who use tablets are particularly vulnerable, because they hold the devices so close to their faces and this increases the amount of short-wave light their eyes receive.
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With spring and summer just a matter of weeks away, no doubt there are many people out there who do suffer from allergies like hayfever who are already worrying about how they’re going to make it through the seasons while wearing their contact lenses.
It can be so hard dealing with allergies when you’ve got contacts in and your eyes are constantly streaming and your nose itching. You can’t rub your eyes or you could end up flipping your contacts out or even damaging your eyes. What is really important is that you remember to clean your eyes and your contacts before and after putting them in. This will help to get rid of any debris and allergens in your eyes and contacts, so they’re far less likely to react.
It might also be a good idea to use allergy drops in your eyes before you put your contacts in. If you’d like some advice on this before buying, make an appointment with your GP or with your optometrist and see what they would recommend using.
In addition, using daily disposable contacts is another good way of protecting yourself if you do suffer from allergies really badly. You might think that monthly contacts are better and more cost-effective, but if you’re having real difficulty seeing and are constantly wanting to rub your eyes, dailies are probably better. Failing that, switching back to glasses until your allergies calm down might also be a good idea.
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Sufferers of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) will be familiar with its symptoms. However, many people may have never heard of the condition, which seriously affects the eyesight in elderly people.
That is why BBC show EastEnders has decided to shine a light on it and has teamed up with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to give an accurate and honest portrayal of someone suffering with AMD.
Last month, viewers saw veteran character Dorothy Branning losing her vision, and after plucking up the courage to visit the doctor with help from her pal Patrick Truman, she was diagnosed with wet AMD last week.
A spokesperson for RNIB said: “Unfortunately, this is a situation many older people face, and not everyone has a good friend like Patrick to push them in the right direction towards getting the help they need.”
Dot, as the character is affectionately known, has since received an injection inside the eye, which is intended to stop new blood cells forming. These tend to swell and bleed and are the cause of damage to the central vision.
Despite one in ten people over the age of 65 living with AMD, it is a condition that is rarely discussed, and therefore, many people may have never heard of it and might not know what support is available.
The BBC has helped raise awareness of the condition, which is incredibly important as it affects as many as 600,000 in the UK.
Working closely with the RNIB, the broadcast corporation has been able to portray the degeneration of Dot’s vision accurately. The organisation has provided EastEnders with treatment options, facts, and advice on the storyline as much-loved Dot copes with her sight loss.
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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the biggest cause of blindness here in the UK, with over 600,000 people affected – but unless steps are taken now to fund vital medical research, 400 new cases of the condition could be diagnosed by the year 2050, with 1.3 million people suffering as a result.
Research from the Macular Society, featured by the Daily Express, highlighted that while £22.7 million was spent on eye disease medical research in 2014, just £6 million of this was directed towards AMD.
Chief executive of the organisation Cathy Yelf was quoted by the news source as saying: “Unless strong action is taken right away we will be facing an epidemic in the decades to come. AMD is almost as prevalent as dementia and represents a huge cost, care and societal burden, yet it does not receive a level of research funding proportionate to its impact.
“Alongside the devastating personal consequences of sight loss, AMD costs the UK £1.6 billion annually. The drug costs alone are now more than £200 million a year and the number of people with AMD is expected to double by 2050.”
While macular degeneration does affect different people in different ways, there are a few common symptoms to look out for. These include blurry vision or gaps in your sight, straight lines like door frames appearing distorted or bent, fading colours, dark spots in the centre of your vision and words disappearing while you’re reading.
Our ageing society means that an increasing number of people are developing AMD and it can be incredibly debilitating and devastating for those whose eyesight does start to deteriorate. This is why more funds are required so urgently in order to find a cure.
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Soaps are famous for addressing issues that face the public every day, and one that has caught the nation’s interest recently is the topic of going blind in old age.
EastEnders, which is no stranger to controversial subjects, is currently handling a storyline involving its loveable long-term resident Dorothy Cotton. In episodes that aired earlier this week, it has been revealed that Dot, as she is affectionately known, has been worried she is going blind .
The character, played by 89-year-old June Brown, was confronted by her good friend Patrick, who was worried her eyesight was deteriorating.
He did not know the extent of her failing vision though, as she confessed to him she thinks she is losing her sight altogether.
After panicking about her revelation, she kicked him out of her house. After this, the programme revealed how serious her problem is when the camera showed a glimpse of her poor vision and the scene became badly blurred with a dark black spot in the centre.
This may have been a ‘floater’, a large spot in the field of vision. While some people are not affected by floaters and can see perfectly fine without treatment, in some cases, they are an indication there has been a retinal tear or detachment.
If left untreated, the retina will pull away from the blood vessels that provide it with nutrients, and it requires surgery to re-attach it. Without this, the NHS confirms that “total loss of vision is almost certain”.
However, it remains uncertain the extent of Dot’s eyesight loss, and whether her vision can be saved or not.
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How many times did your parents tell you that eating carrots could help you see in the dark? Countless, of that we’re sure. But in reality, their constant naggings for you to eat your greens may actually have had a grain of truth in them after all, since it turns out that you might in fact be able to improve your eyesight by eating certain foodstuffs.
What we need to maintain good eyesight are key chemicals like lutein and zeaxanthin, which can be found in quite a lot of the food that we eat on a daily basis. If you’re not a fan of rabbit food, then you’re not really in luck since the best food sources for both lutein and zeaxanthin are green and leafy vegetables.
To give yourself a lutein boost, stock up on spinach (eat it either boiled or chopped fresh to get the most out of it), serve yourself some kale (which you can have in a smoothie or in soup if you’re not a huge fan), or start eating a few more eggs. Apparently, studies have been done that show that eggs are one of the best sources of lutein after fruit and vegetables, but try not to eat too many as you can drive your cholesterol up if you do.
For more zeaxanthin in your diet, get yourself some turnip greens, collards, sweetcorn, papayas, oranges and tangerines, and you’ll be well on your way to good eye health.
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Ok, so perhaps Leonardo da Vinci didn’t quite invent the concept of contact lenses as we know them today, but he is often credited as being the one who came up with the original idea, way back in 1508 and his Codex of the eye, Manual D.
In this worthy tome, the Renaissance painter described how corneal power could be altered directly if someone submerged their entire head into a bowl of water, or if a glass hemisphere filled with water was worn over the eye. While Leonardo didn’t put forward this idea as a way of correcting a person’s vision, it’s not exactly a stretch to say that the concept was later adapted by other forward-thinking members of society later down the line.
Descartes was one of these and come 1636, he came up with the idea of using a glass tube with liquid in it and one end made of clear glass that was intended to correct vision when placed in direct contact with the cornea. However, this wasn’t particularly practical since it made it impossible for people to blink.
Anyone with bad eyesight had a bit of a wait on their hands as it wasn’t until 1887 when F E Muller, a German glassblower, first came up with an eye covering that could actually be seen through. Come the 1950s, the very first corneal lenses were developed that could be worn for up to 16 hours a day. They were quite expensive and pretty fragile, and it wasn’t until the 90s that silicone hydrogel contact lenses came onto the market… the lenses that we know and love today!
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