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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15 April 2021

Author: Kate Green

Chemosis causes, symptoms and treatment

what is chemosis

Chemosis is a condition where the conjunctiva, the tissue that lines the inside of your eyelids and the surface of your eyes, becomes swollen and irritated. Appearance-wise, it may look like you have a blister covering the white of your eye, or it could look like there is excess fluid trapped under the surface.

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13 April 2021

Author: Kate Green

Why is my eyelid twitching and how can I stop it?

why is my eye twitching

We’ve probably all experienced eyelid twitches at some point in our lives, whether they bothered us for two minutes or two hours at a time. They can be so distracting and prevent you from focusing on the task at hand, often impacting your performance at work. Eyelid twitches are also known as myokymia...

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08 April 2021

Author: Kate Green

Can houseplants boost your eye health?

Houseplants eye health

There’s been lots of talk about how having houseplants around your home can lift your mood and bring a touch of the outdoors in, but did you know that they can also boost your eye health and help relieve symptoms of conditions such as dry eye disease?

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06 April 2021

Author: Kate Green

What is Wavefront technology for laser eye surgery?

what is wavefront

Wavefront technology involves obtaining a unique map of each eye as a whole, and not just your corneal surface. We conduct some scans at your initial consultation to create the map, gathering data from hundreds of points across your eye. These points vary from person to person, and even between your own two eyes, so it helps us to programme the laser with settings very specific to your own prescription and eye characteristics.

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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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