Age-related macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of blindness in the UK affecting older people. So, it’s important that any sudden changes to your vision are checked by an optometrist urgently. What is age-related macular degeneration?  AMD is a condition that affects the central part of the vision. It is caused by damage […]

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions where the optic nerve at the back of the eye is damaged. It is often linked with raised pressure within the eye, although the eye pressure can sometimes be normal. When the nerve is damaged, it can start to cause problems with the peripheral […]

What is a cataract?

A cataract happens when the lens within your eye becomes cloudy. It can happen to all of the lens or just part of it. There are different types of cataract, but the most common is age-related cataract, which is more common in people over 65. It can be found to some degree in almost all […]

Top tips for healthy eyes

Have regular sight tests  As well as an eye health check, a sight test might help detect signs of underlying general health conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Everyone should have a sight test every two years, or more often if your optometrist recommends it. Eat healthily  Eating a healthy, balanced […]

The eye examination

History and symptoms Your optometrist will ask detailed questions about your eyesight, lifestyle, health and any previous eye problems you or family members may have had. You should bring a list of any medication you take, along with your glasses if you use them, or a previous glasses prescription. Eyesight test Your optometrist will check what you can see […]

Flashes and Floaters

Tiny spots, lines, flashes or shapes in your vision are known as flashes and floaters. Lots of people experience them and they usually aren’t cause for alarm. Below we explain what causes flashes and floaters and when you should be concerned. What are flashes? Sometimes the jelly inside your eye shrinks a little and tugs […]