Eye Health

High Street Opticians Giving 'Shocking' Eye Tests And Incorrect Prescriptions, Report Reveals

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle

High street opticians are giving the public insufficient eye tests, with poor services leaving some with incorrect and potentially dangerous prescript...

A Guide To... Conjunctivitis

Dr Seth Rankin | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Seth Rankin

Conjunctivitis is one of those common health complaints that can affect us all from time to time and it occurs when the conjunctiva (a thin layer of cells covering the front of your eyes) becomes inflamed.

With At Least Half Of Sight Loss Cases Being Avoidable, Why Aren't We All Having An Eye Test Every Two Years?

Dr Nigel Best | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK
Dr Nigel Best

One of my privileges as an optician is to see my patients' faces light up when a new prescription means they no longer need to squint at their mobiles...

Cancer Took My Eye But Gave Me My Confidence

Toni Crews | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Crews

I was shocked by how deep the hole was and I worried about how others would react. I needed to find a way to pick my own confidence up enough so I could do the school run without fear of embarrassing myself or my kids. I also didn't want to miss out on such an important part of parenting and I couldn't stay hiding behind closed doors forever.

That Time I Had A Detached Retina

Nicki Kinickie | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nicki Kinickie

It was the beginning of January and everything still seemed to be settling down after the madness of Christmas and New Year. Whilst getting ready to go out with my little family I noticed a change in my vision; a ball of light that I can only describe as resembling a glare on a lens in the sun, passed across my right eye almost like a bubble.

Have Fun In The Sun, But Be Sure To Protect Your Eyes From Harmful UV Rays

Dr Nigel Best | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nigel Best

This Macular Week (26 June - 2 July) - which aims to raise awareness of a range of macular-related conditions - we at Specsavers will be advising customers about the risk of sun exposure and the importance of wearing sunglasses or contact lenses with sufficient levels of UV protection.

Volunteering Abroad Renews Your Sense Of Pride And Faith In The NHS

Manish Raval | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK
Manish Raval

I'm an anaesthetist and volunteer for blindness prevention charity Orbis. We operate the Flying Eye Hospital, which is a teaching facility with both a...

Boots And Vision Express ‘Misled’ Customers On Danger Of Blue Light From Screens

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Vision Express and Boots have been “misleading” customers about the effects of blue light emitted from computer and phone screens, according to a ...

British Surgeons Perform World's First Robotic Eye Operation

Press Association | Oscar Williams | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Tech

British surgeons have successfully performed the world’s first robotic operation inside the eye, paving the way for a revolution in ocular surgery. ...

These Gifs Show What It's Really Like To Be Colour Blind

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Around one in 12 men and one in 200 women in the UK suffer from colour vision deficiency, or “colour blindness”, as it’s more colloquially known...

Glaucoma Patients Could Have Their Blindness Reversed With New Treatment

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Tech

Glaucoma patients could have “irreversible” eye damage reversed after a breakthrough in optical nerve treatment. The study in mice, conducted by t...

Moorfields Eye Hospital Shares One Million Eye Scans With Google DeepMind

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Tech

Google DeepMind and Moorfields Eye Hospital have joined forces to apply artificial intelligence to analyse more than a million eye scans in an attempt...

New Treatment Means Some Types Of Blindness Can Be Reversed

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Tech

Vision loss that was previously considered irreversible can actually be partially reversed and patients given “significant vision improvement” acc...

Hundreds Of Tiny Parasitic Mites May Be Living In Your Eyelashes

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If you love nothing more than snuggling up close with your pets, you may want to book an appointment with your doctor or optician. Demodex mites, als...

Five Reasons Your Body (And Mind) Wants You to Drink More Water

Tayana Simons | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

It may seem obvious. I mean we all know it; we've been told for years. We should all be drinking between 2 and 3 liters of water a day. It makes sense as after all, humans are made up of around 60% water.

Test Your Eyesight (Part Two): What's Hidden In The Shapes?

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Earlier this week many people were left baffled by a hidden image in a red dot. Now, we hope to extend the nation's befuddlement with not one, but two...

Test Your Eyesight: What's Hidden In The Red Dot?

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If you're worried your eyesight is a bit naff, then you definitely need to try this. The 'Red Dot Test' is the latest viral sensation to boggle the na...

Toddler Loses Eye After Doctors Took Months To Diagnose Cancer, Mum Claims

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Parents

A two-year-old girl was forced to have one of her eyes removed after doctors took months to diagnose her with cancer, her mum has claimed. Stephan...

This Fake Optician's Letter 'From The NHS' Has Made A Lot Of People Laugh

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A freelance designer has sent the internet into fits of giggles after staging an optician's letter from the NHS in a gigantic font. The letter read...

This Is What It's Like To Live With Eye Conditions Such As Glaucoma

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataract, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy affect thousands of people in the UK every year. But if yo...

Government in the Dark Over the State of UK Eye Health

Mike Daw | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Politics
Mike Daw

This autumn, a group of cross-party MPs posed questions to the Department of Health, in an attempt to gather information on the current state of the U...

Warning Over Halloween Contact Lenses After Woman Suffers Allergic Reaction

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Update: Eye Casions have contacted us with comment, which we have added to the feature. An eye care provider is warning Brits about the potential d...

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Mike Daw | Posted 08.10.2016 | UK
Mike Daw

Most of us would consider our sight to be one of the most important senses, and fear the impact that sight loss would have on our independence. But eye health, in comparison with other diseases, is still largely neglected by medical research funding.

Seeing Our Way to a Healthy Future

Mike Daw | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Daw

Research can make a huge difference, 25 years ago a corneal transplant had a 50/50 chance of success - now it has a 90 percent chance. Cataract procedures are now routine, laser eye surgery is nowadays a very safe procedure - but that is only through years of research.

The Country's Eye Health Picture Is Unclear

Jade Etherington | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Jade Etherington

Skiing for my country during the Sochi Paralympic Games was one of the proudest moments of my life, but it is not an opportunity I would have had were it for experiencing one of the most frightening experiences a person can go through - losing your sight...