Eye Care Blog : 2021

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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18 November 2021

Author: Kate Green

How much are your plastic contact lenses polluting the planet?

plastic contact lens pollution

Most of us are actively trying to reduce our impact on the environment, whether that’s recycling our plastic bottles or taking public transport instead of driving. However, something we might not consider is the effect of our disposable contact lenses on the environment. As much as we may try to avoid single-use plastics where possible, contact lenses are actually a huge part of the problem.

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16 November 2021

Author: Kate Green

Do you need to join a waiting list for laser eye and cataract surgery?

when can i have treatment

For patients who have been considering vision correction treatment for months or years, one of their first questions is usually “how quickly can you fit me in?!” Often, they’re looking forward to new 20/20 vision so much that they come in practically ready to have treatment at their first consultation!

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09 November 2021

Author: Kate Green

Our best autumnal apple cake recipe to boost your eye health

Apples boost eye health

If you’ve got a few apples lying around, this apple cake recipe could be the perfect thing to whip up this week. Not only is it delicious and makes excellent use of seasonal produce, but you’ll actually be benefiting your eye health when you eat it!

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04 November 2021

Author: Kate Green

Retinal tears and detachments: Symptoms, causes and treatment

retinal tear

Retinal tears can be worrying when they first occur, particularly if you don’t know what one is, or if the symptoms are severe. To understand what a retinal tear is, it’s first important to know the structure of the human eye and where the retina is. The retina is a thin layer of tissue at the back of your eye...

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02 November 2021

Author: Kate Green

Does your morning coffee damage your eyesight?

caffeine eye health

Caffeine in moderation is usually fine and if you’re somebody who has a couple of cups of coffee a day, you’re unlikely to be doing any damage to your eyes. However, it does also depend on the strength of your coffee...

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28 October 2021

Author: Kate Green

Planning a Halloween face paint look? Save your vision with 5 top tips

Protect eyes at Halloween

Whether you’re opting for a ghost, witch or zombie look, you’re probably going to rely on some kind of decorative substance for your face, be it a bit of glitter or even fake blood. Something you might not have planned for quite as closely, however, is how to protect your eye health with all these chemicals around your eyes.

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26 October 2021

Author: Kate Green

What is Fuchs' dystrophy and how can it put your sight at risk?

Fuchs' dystrophy

The health of the cornea is very important for your overall eye health and standard of vision, so Fuchs’ dystrophy can have devastating effects on your vision if left untreated. It can also cause discomfort, as well as impairing your vision.

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21 October 2021

Author: Kate Green

What are the impacts of COVID-19 on UK cataract surgery waiting lists?

40 percent reduction in cataract surgery

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every part of society from employment levels and food supply chains, to education and the rate of inflation. Most notable, however, is the devastating impact on the National Health Service (NHS). More than half a million patients have been admitted to UK hospitals since the start of the pandemic...

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19 October 2021

Author: Kate Green

Meet the team: Optimax Leicester

meet leicester optimax

We’ve got a lovely team in our Leicester clinic that goes out of their way to provide top-class service to Optimax patients. With some team members having been here as long as 16 years, they have a wealth of experience between them. We had a chat with the whole team, ranging from patient advisors and nurses to the clinic manager and head optometrist!

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14 October 2021

Author: Kate Green

Do you have tiny white bumps around your eyes? Find out what milia are

milia

Have you ever seen small white bumps on your face, particularly on your upper cheeks or around your eyes? Chances are it’s milia (plural: milia, single: milium). They’re painless small white cysts that don’t feel itchy or irritated unless they are picked or aggravated. Milia typically appear in clusters, feel hard, and are usually easy to identify.

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