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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09 August 2022

Author: Kate Green

Meet the clinic: Optimax Belfast’s brilliant team

Meet Belfast laser eye surgery

We know that committing to eye surgery is an important decision and, naturally, you might be feeling some nerves around the process. One thing that our patients often tell us is how much easier their appointments are when they’re surrounded by familiar faces. At Optimax, we know our patients’ names and our clinic teams really do create a strong rapport with patients.

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04 August 2022

Author: Kate Green

Protect your child's vision this Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

children's eye health

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, when a spotlight is shone onto kids’ eye health to discuss what we can do, as professionals and as parents, in order to protect their vision. Being aware of common vision problems children can face is particularly important as, relatively often, children cannot articulate exactly what is wrong with their vision.

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02 August 2022

Author: Kate Green

Meet Nicola, Optimax Glasgow patient advisor

Meet the laser eye surgery team

Today we’re shining a spotlight on the lovely Nicola who works in our Glasgow clinic. She’s been with us for a year now and in that time has learnt about all aspects of life in the clinic, from conducting consultations with prospective patients, to being there for her patients on surgery day and during their aftercare journeys.

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26 July 2022

Author: Kate Green

How do you know if you have a blocked tear duct, and how can you treat it?

blocked tear duct

Your tear system is what keeps your eyes hydrated and slightly wet, but not so watery that your vision becomes impaired. It is comprised of three parts – your lacrimal glands, puncta, and nasolacrimal ducts. Each of these parts has a role in ensuring that your eye remains hydrated and that fluid is able to drain and be replaced again effectively.

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19 July 2022

Author: Kate Green

How can head injuries affect your vision?

head injury affects vision

A concussion occurs when you experience a head injury – usually a blow to the head – that causes the brain to move back and forth inside your skull. The impact of your brain hitting your skull as it moves can cause it to become bruised, bringing on a variety symptoms. In severe cases, a head injury can lead to brain damage as the violent movement of the brain...

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12 July 2022

Author: Kate Green

Top 10 patient questions about laser eye surgery

Most common laser eye surgery FAQs

We know opting for laser eye surgery or lens treatment is a big decision and you’ll likely have plenty of questions before you commit to surgery. To help set your mind at ease, and hopefully to clear up any queries you have, we’re answering 10 of the most commonly asked questions from our patients. You can also read more FAQs here which cover most areas related to laser treatment.

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29 June 2022

Author: Kate Green

What are the symptoms of nystagmus?

What are the symptoms of nystagmus

Nystagmus is a condition where your eyes shake involuntary from side to side, up and down, or in a circular motion. These movements are uncontrollable which can be very frustrating for the person experiencing them, especially as it can also affect your visual acuity. There are around 2 per every 1,000 people who suffer with nystagmus to some degree.

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23 June 2022

Author: Kate Green

Do snails have eyes and what’s their vision like?

snails vision with eyes on stalks

While we’ve written about a few different creatures before on this blog, we’ve never looked into the vision of snails. Their eyes are on top of stalks and, incredibly, they use the sense of touch near their eyes to help them navigate. While human eyes are typically 24mm in diameter, snail eyes are no more than 1-2mm in diameter.

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16 June 2022

Author: Kate Green

Smart contact lenses: Would you wear tiny computers in your eyes?

Smart contact lens

Technology is progressing at an incredibly fast pace and we rely on these advancements in almost every area of our lives. Just think how often you check your phone for directions, or your smart watch to glance at your heart rate? What about the information boards in train stations? And now, imagine that all of this information was displayed on a contact lens that you’re wearing on your eye.

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14 June 2022

Author: Kate Green

Ask a patient: Ginny Lemon’s laser eye surgery

Ginny Lemon LASIK

Earlier this year, we treated the wonderful Ginny Lemon with LASIK surgery. Ginny is a singer-songwriter and drag artist who had relied on glasses for more than 20 years. With such a busy lifestyle involving lots of TV work, travel and performing, they found glasses were a huge inconvenience. They visited our Birmingham clinic a few months ago and, once they were found suitable for laser eye surgery, they started their journey to clear vision with us.

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