Eye Care Blog

Optimax news and insights provide a flavour of how life can be brighter and more enjoyable after treatment with us...

We hope these updates help provide you with better an understanding of our vision correction treatments and their benefits.

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10 June 2021

Author: Kate Green

Why do cats’ eyes glow in the dark?

glowing cats eyes

Cats’ eyes glow in the dark because they reflect light. This is because they are nocturnal animals, meaning they hunt in the dark, and the phenomenon of their reflective eyes (called tapetum lucidum) boosts their night vision significantly.

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08 June 2021

Author: Kate Green

Digital eye strain: Do blue light glasses work?

blue light blocking glasses

Blue light blocking glasses are special glasses which are supposed to filter out blue light, purportedly protecting your eyes and preventing the onset of certain eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and other forms of retinal damage. But how much of this is true?

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03 June 2021

Author: Kate Green

Try this delicious baked eggs recipe to boost your eye health

Healthy baked eggs recipe

Eggs are actually one of our top 10 foods for boosting your eye health! Eggs are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, which are vitamins proven to protect your eyes from ultraviolet damage. Exposure to UV rays can increase your risk factor for developing cataracts and macular degeneration, both of which can threaten your vision permanently.

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27 May 2021

Author: Kate Green

Heterochromia: Why do some people have different coloured eyes?

heterochromia kate bosworth

The iris (the coloured part of your eye) is usually just made up of one colour, such as brown, green, blue or hazel, but some people experience multiple shades at once – whether that’s different distinct colours within a single iris, or each iris having its own colour entirely.

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25 May 2021

Author: Kate Green

Ask a patient: Georgie’s LASIK story

Georgie influencer LASIK

In February of this year, we treated our lovely patient Georgie with LASIK laser eye surgery. Georgie is a former reality TV star but now works as an Instagram influencer. She struggled with glasses and contact lenses for several years and, with her job involving modelling, travelling and a generally busy lifestyle, it was quite often a nuisance.

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20 May 2021

Author: Kate Green

Can your eyes get sunburned? Diagnosis and treatment

eye sunburn

You’re probably reading the title of this article and thinking, “what?! How?!” We’ve all heard of sunburned skin and, if you’re really unlucky, you might have experienced a sunburned scalp. But, unfortunately, there’s another body part to add to the list of places which can get sunburned – and it’s your eyes.

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18 May 2021

Author: Kate Green

Ask a patient: Collette’s multifocal lens surgery

Collette's lens surgery

Back in 2017, we treated our lovely patient, Collette, in our Optimax Liverpool clinic. She had needed glasses for practically her whole life, and finally took the plunge and opted for lens surgery once she reached her 40s. Most people start to need reading glasses around this age, so Collette opted for multifocal lenses in both eyes to ensure that she could live life without any type of glasses or contact lenses.

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13 May 2021

Author: Kate Green

What are secondary cataracts and how can you treat them?

secondary cataracts

As you get older, the proteins in your eye clump together and, over the years, this slowly clouds the natural lens in your eye. Cataract surgery is performed more than 18 million times globally each year. By the age of 80, over half over people will have had a cataract as it is simply a natural part of the ageing process.

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06 May 2021

Author: Kate Green

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): What is it, and what are the causes and symptoms?

conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye) is a condition which occurs when your conjunctiva becomes inflamed due to an infection. The conjunctiva is a thin layer that covers the whites of your eyes (also known as the sclera), as well as lining the inside of your eyelids. Conjunctivitis, while uncomfortable, is not likely to cause any permanent damage to your vision...

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29 April 2021

Author: Kate Green

Corneal ulcers: Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

corneal ulcer

A corneal ulcer is an open sore on the cornea, the transparent layer which forms the front of your eye. The cornea covers your iris (the coloured part of your eye) and your pupil (the black centre of your eye), so a corneal ulcer can have devastating impacts on your vision if left untreated. You can’t always see a corneal ulcer, but sometimes there will be a white spot on your cornea which is visible when you look closely in the mirror...

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