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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22 July 2021

Author: Kate Green

Why could I be unsuitable for laser eye surgery?

unsuitable for lasik

One of the most important parts of your laser eye surgery journey is ensuring that you are suitable for treatment. This is something we check on your first consultation with us, long before we have a surgeon assess your eyes and book you in for treatment.

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20 July 2021

Author: Kate Green

Did pirates really believe that earrings improved their eyesight?

pirate eyesight earrings

Interestingly, the alleged main reason that pirates wore a golden earring – often hooped – was because they believed it improved their eyesight. Without any science behind this rumour, the widely held belief among the pirate community was that the precious metals forming the earring had magic powers to heal their vision.

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15 July 2021

Author: Kate Green

How much is laser eye surgery at Optimax?

how much is laser eye surgery

We don’t believe in the “prices start from £500” line of marketing, with a structure that charges patients with stronger prescriptions more money. This is because it doesn’t cost us as a business more money to treat a high prescription.

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13 July 2021

Author: Kate Green

11 must see summer locations near Optimax clinics around the UK

summer locations optimax clinics

Summer is technically here, even if we’re experiencing a few more rain showers and a little less sunshine than we had last year. With international holidays likely off the cards this year, the holidays around the UK – commonly referred to as staycations – are growing in popularity. 2021 could be the perfect time to explore the UK and visit some new cities.

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08 July 2021

Author: Kate Green

What happens to your eyes when you’re tired?

sleep hormones

You may have heard of melatonin, more widely known as the sleep hormone. This is a hormone your body releases in the evening which keeps your circadian rhythm consistent. Your circadian rhythm is an internal process to help you stay in a regular sleep-wake cycle, thereby promoting a stable routine and sleep pattern.

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06 July 2021

Author: Kate Green

Does blinking too much reveal your boredom?

blink rate

Did you know that, on average, people blink 13,000 times a day? Typically, this ranges from between eight to 22 times a minute, and the figure varies according to several factors which we’re going to have a look at in this article. The primary function of blinking is to hydrate the eyes and stop them from drying out, but 13,000 blinks is far more than experts believe we need for this

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01 July 2021

Author: Kate Green

Why do different animals have different pupil shapes?

different animal pupil shape

If you’ve had a close look into your pet kitten’s eyes or watched a couple of animal documentaries in your time, you have probably noticed that there are a variety of different pupil shapes across the animal kingdom. The pupil is the black centre of the eye and in humans is round. This is the part of the eye that allows light through to the retina and controls the level of the light entering the eye.

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17 June 2021

Author: Kate Green

What social cues can be detected from your eye movements?

eye movements social cues

Everyone says that the eyes are the window to the soul… but how true is that? Is it possible for people to know what you’re thinking based on your eye movements, in the same way that body language can provide indications of your thoughts and feelings?

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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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