Eye Health

It's 2014 - So Why Are Blind and Partially-Sighted People Still Being Exluded From Voting?

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Lesley-Anne Alexander

There are still a large number of people who feel excluded from important votes and who are frustrated at not being able to exercise their right to vote, simply because the traditional process has not moved on. How can it be that in 2014, people with sight loss still cannot vote as easily as everyone else?

6 Million UK Adults have never had an eye test, shocking research reveals neglect of eye health

Antonia Mariconda | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Antonia Mariconda

Could an eye test really signal the end of an era of perfect vision? me in glasses?, surely not, suddenly I found a multitude of vain reasons to avoid an eye test.

Ageing Gracefully Without Succumbing to Glasses

Brendan O' Brien | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brendan O' Brien

There are 3 potential solutions to the presbyopia problem - multifocal contact lenses, monovision (One contact lens for distance vision and one for reading), or a combination of single vision distance contact lenses with reading spectacles.

This Is What Happens When You Leave Your Contact Lenses In Longer Than You're Meant To

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Ever considered making your contact lenses last just one more day? Watch this video and you won't ever consider cutting contact corners again. ...

Contact Lenses, Suitable for Ages 8+

Brendan O' Brien | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brendan O' Brien

The age profile of contact lens wearers has changed very markedly over the past 10 years and particularly within the past 2 years. Ten years ago, the age demographic was probably 16-40 years. Now it is more like 8-80 years.

Set Your Sights on a Win With Contacts

Brendan O' Brien | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Brendan O' Brien

It's probably no surprise to most of us that contact lenses are extremely useful to sportsmen and women who don't have 20/20 vision. A rugby player with glasses doesn't really make sense considering the heavy contact element of that sport - and indeed if you look at any sport which involves a moving ball of any kind we can see the benefit of contact lenses over glasses.

A Multi-Sensory Experience: Creating a Level Playing Field for Disabled People

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lesley-Anne Alexander

The term 'multi-sensory' is thrown around a lot these days, especially by over-enthusiastic marketers who seem keen to convince us that their latest range of crisps or ice cream bars offer more than a calorific treat.

Why We Should All Be Eating More Grapes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Grapes are a perfect snack for those of us with a sweet tooth - not only are they low in calories, but they also have many health benefits. New res...

Is There Such a Thing as the Best Contact Lenses?

Brendan O' Brien | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brendan O' Brien

Disposable lenses are hygienically better and more convenient, so from that point of view daily disposable soft contact lenses could be considered the best option. This is because they are sterile single use lenses, individually packed, you handle them once to insert, once to remove and then discard them. The risk of contamination is extremely low with this modality.

Too Many People in the UK Are Facing Sight Loss Alone

Stephen Remington | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Stephen Remington

The current reality, though, is that all too often newly diagnosed people are left alone and vulnerable, without access to the support they so desperately need. Confirmation of sight loss is devastating news. And it often comes with no practical advice, counselling, support or guidance. This is a terrible predicament for anyone facing this appalling situation.

Overstretched Eye Clinics Reaching Breaking Point

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Lesley-Anne Alexander

There are real concerns that eye clinics across England are struggling to cope with current demand meaning that many patients are having their appointments, treatment and follow up care delayed or cancelled. These delays can lead to people going blind unnecessarily. At the minimum people are experiencing extreme worry and anxiety.

Woman Gets $3,000 Eye Jewellery Procedure

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

If you thought vajazzles were a step too far along the road to Bling City, think again. Bedazzled lady gardens are so last season... now women are...

College Warns of Low Awareness of the Dangers of Glaucoma Among the African Caribbean Community

Kamlesh Chuahan | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kamlesh Chuahan

12.5 million people across the world are blind because of glaucoma and 10% of people registered blind in the UK have this condition. In England alone, approximately 480,000 people are affected by a particular type of glaucoma called 'open angle' glaucoma and those of African Caribbean descent are six times more likely to develop this type of glaucoma than those of other ethnicities.

Could Your Shortsightedness Be Genetic?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Genetic clues to the cause of short-sightedness have been uncovered that could lead to new treatments. Scientists discovered 24 new genes that help...

Aspirin Linked To Elderly Blindness

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Regular use of aspirin can more than double the risk of a leading cause of blindness in older people, research suggests. Scientists found a signifi...

How Healthy Are Your Eyes?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle

To mark World Sight Day, HuffPost UK Lifestyle set out to find the top ways to prevent sight loss. According to Ian Grierson, professor of ophthalm...

Light at The End of the Tunnel

Raconteur Media | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Raconteur Media

Knowing what to expect from eye care professionals depends on good communication which can empower and reassure patients, as Liz Bestic discovers.

Climate Change 'Is Harming Eye Health'

Raconteur Media | Posted 08.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Raconteur Media

Two years ago, retired teacher Vera started experiencing eye discomfort, irritation and crusting of the eyelids. She was prescribed a short course of antibiotics for what her doctor suspected was a simple eye infection, but several months later she was still having problems.

Why Asia Is Suffering From A ‘Bad Eyesight Epidemic’

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Around 90% of Asian school leavers suffer from shortsightedness, with experts warning that China, Japan and South Korea are in the grip of a bad eyesi...

Bionic Eye Helps Blind Man To See

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle

The first UK clinical trials of an electronic eye implant designed to restore the sight of blind people have proved successful and "exceeded expectati...

Focus on Eyecare as Sight Loss is Set to Double

Raconteur Media | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Raconteur Media

Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss, yet one in three of us fail to get our eyes checked regularly, writes Peter Archer.

Common Osteoporosis Drug Linked To Eye Disease

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Drugs commonly used to help prevent osteoporosis may increase the risk of a serious inflammatory eye disease, Canadian researchers have discovered. ...

What Your Eyes Reveal About Your Health

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Romantics may say the eyes provide a window into the soul but medical experts claim they provide a portal into our inner health, enabling us to spot t...