Two reasons to book an eye exam now


If you don't have any medical conditions which predispose you to ocular problems, going for eye exams once every two years should be enough to keep your eyes healthy. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms on a regular basis,  it is not advisable to wait that long to have your eyes checked; instead, you should book an appointment with your optometrist as soon as possible.

Cloudy vision or light sensitivity

Cloudy vision and sensitivity to light are common symptoms of cataracts. A cataract occurs when the protein that is present in the lens of the eye starts to form clumps, which end up clouding sections of the lens. Cataracts can increase in size over time, making it more and more difficult for the sufferer to see clearly.

If you have noticed these symptoms, it is vital to book an eye exam straightaway.  It is particularly important to do so if you partake in any unhealthy habits or have any medical issues which put you at risk of developing cataracts (for example, if you are a smoker, are very overweight, or have high blood pressure or diabetes). If your optometrist discovers that you do have cataracts, they may then refer you to an ophthalmologist for surgery. This surgical procedure usually involves the removal of the affected eye lens. This damaged lens is then replaced by an artificial one, which is made from either acrylic or silicone.

Persistent eye strain

Many people nowadays complain of eye strain; they may find that their eyes often become sore and itchy and that their vision gets a bit blurred sometimes. These symptoms are often accompanied by a headache. In most cases, the cause of eye strain is staring at a computer screen, television, book or smartphone for too long.  Taking a break from reading or using electronic devices is usually enough to rectify this issue.

However, if your symptoms persist even after taking an extended break from such activities, there may be another issue at play. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, for instance, constant eye strain symptoms, coupled with frequent headaches, could be an indication that your current prescription is too weak and needs to be updated. In other, rare instances, recurring eye strain can be a sign of an eye muscle imbalance. As such, if you can't seem to find a way to alleviate your symptoms, it's best to book an appointment with your optometrist straightaway.


10 January 2017

Quitting smoking at last

I have tried to quit smoking three times over the last few years, but it never really stuck. My mother just got diagnosed with lung cancer, and it's given me the wakeup call that I have been waiting for. I have quit smoking again, but this time I spoke to my doctor before I started and it's made a lot of difference. He organised some nicotine replacement products and counselling to help me quit for good this time. I have started this blog to let people know how much easier it is to quit when your doctor is helping you.