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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01 April 2021

Author: Kate Green

What is retinitis pigmentosa?

what is retinitis pigmentosa

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited eye diseases which affect the retina – the back of your eye that is light sensitive, allowing you to see. The retina is made up of photoreceptor cells which detect light and colour, called rods and cones. There are around 100 million rods in your retina, and between 6 and 7 million cones.

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30 March 2021

Author: Kate Green

How to manage anxiety before laser eye surgery

anxiety laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery is a big decision and it’s important that you feel fully prepared and ready for treatment before your surgery day arrives. Knowing what to expect is a big part of feeling calm and confident, which is why we’ve shared details about the patient journey on our website here. You will also be given every piece of relevant literature before you commit to having laser eye surgery at Optimax...

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25 March 2021

Author: Kate Green

What causes temporary tunnel vision?

Temporary tunnel vision

Tunnel vision is a visual defect which affects your peripheral vision, narrowing the field of what you can see. Your side vision may disappear completely, allowing you to only see a small circle in front of your eyes. While loss of peripheral vision can sometimes be permanent, tunnel vision is often temporary and can be caused by a number of factors.

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23 March 2021

Author: Kate Green

Ask a patient: Taylor’s LASIK story

Taylor's LASIK story

We recently spoke to our patient Taylor, a downhill mountain bike racing champion, all about his LASIK journey at Optimax. Taylor has competed in the World Cup for his sport and has an incredibly active lifestyle. Glasses were a no-go as he has to wear a protective helmet whilst riding...

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18 March 2021

Author: Kate Green

What causes ocular migraines?

ocular migraine

An ocular migraine (also sometimes referred to as a retinal migraine) is an eye condition which causes temporary loss of vision or visual problems such as flashing lights or spots, affecting one eye. The visual effects are usually over within around half an hour from onset and are usually harmless, if rather unsettling at the time.

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16 March 2021

Author: Kate Green

Ask a patient: Betty’s cataract treatment

betty's cataract surgery

Cataracts tend to affect people in their 60s and beyond, becoming more common with each passing year. Cataracts impact more than 70% of people aged over 80 and cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery worldwide. It’s also considered one of the safest surgeries by the World Health Organisation...

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11 March 2021

Author: Kate Green

Ask a patient: Shona’s Implantable Contact Lens story

shona's ICL

Back in 2016, with her wedding coming up, Shona decided to look into options for vision correction surgery. She works as a Patient Advisor at Optimax and has guided many patients on their journeys to perfect vision over the years. As a glasses-wearer herself, Shona knew that treatment at Optimax was the next logical step for her.

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09 March 2021

Author: Kate Green

Why do you need reading glasses?

reading glasses

When you reach your early to mid-40s, you probably find yourself holding small print further and further away from you, in order to be able to read it properly. You might even find yourself regularly switching between your reading glasses and your regular glasses constantly, which can start to feel very frustrating...

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04 March 2021

Author: Kate Green

Ask a patient: Tiegan’s Implantable Contact Lens story

Tiegan's ICL

Tiegan was 21 when she came to Optimax to start her journey of living life without glasses, having struggled with contact lenses for years. Tiegan’s vision was affecting several parts of her life, from small annoyances like not being able to differentiate between shampoo and conditioner in the shower...

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02 March 2021

Author: Kate Green

What causes double vision and how can I treat it?

double vision

Have you ever looked at an object, tried to focus your eyes, and seen two images instead? It can be quite unsettling, particularly if it hasn’t happened to you before. The image you’re seeing might have two versions appearing next to each other, or stacked on top of one another – or perhaps even a combination of both.

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