Eye Care Blog : 2022

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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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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09 June 2022

Author: Kate Green

Cataract Awareness Month: What to do if you have cataracts

cataract awareness month

June is Cataract Awareness Month so we’re looking into all things cataracts and imparting as much knowledge as we can. Cataracts are a very common eye condition that occurs with age. They typically begin to form in your 50s-60s and gradually worsen with age. If left untreated, they can completely impair your vision but, thankfully, cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures carried out in the world...

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07 June 2022

Author: Kate Green

How can excess alcohol this summer affect our eye health?

summer drinking eye health

We’ve just had the long-awaited four day weekend to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, celebrated with street parties up and down the country. For many people, it was as much about indulgence as it was about paying tribute to our monarchy. Pubs and bars saw incredible trade from the Thursday to Sunday, and parties, concerts and festivals were held all over...

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01 June 2022

Author: Kate Green

How can the Platinum Jubilee Lemon Trifle boost your vision?

jubilee pudding eye health

With the four day weekend just round the corner, plenty of us are looking at ways to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. You may have heard about the competition to find a new national pudding to celebrate this momentous occasion and it just so happens that the competition crowned its winner, Jemma Melvin, who created the most stunning lemon trifle...

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24 May 2022

Author: Kate Green

How does being in nature boost your eye health?

nature boosts eyesight

Being outdoors and around plants also means we’re experiencing better quality air, while the colour green has been found to have some positive effects on us too. We’re going to delve into these three areas to break down exactly how being in nature can help our eye health.

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19 May 2022

Author: Kate Green

10 ways to improve your eye health

tips to improve eyesight

May is Healthy Vision Month. Although every day is a good day to protect your eye health, it’s also great to have a time to shine a spotlight on it, and specifically highlight steps we can take to promote healthy eyes and good vision. We’re here today with our top 10 tips for ways to improve your eye health.

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17 May 2022

Author: Kate Green

5 most common eye conditions caused by sun exposure

Sun exposure on eyes

While we’re all aware of the effects the sun can have on our skin, have we thought much about how it might impact our eyes? Sunglasses may set off your outfit perfectly, as well as making it easier to see on particularly bright days, but they actually also help to protect you from numerous eye conditions that can occur when you’re exposed to too much sun.

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