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The importance of an Eye Test

Oh yes…it is an absolute miracle. And till today, modern science cannot fully explain how we actually see.
Scientific research has done a terrific job in describing the mechanism of the visual pathway. Click on the video to see just how amazing this sense is.

Why can’t i see distant objects clearly ?

This condition is referred to as being “Shortsighted” or “Nearsighted” or medically termed as Myopia. A Myopic eye focusses light in front of the retina causing the image of distant objects to appear blurry. Simply put, The eye is over focussing. This condition is corrected with spectacle lenses or contact lenses.
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Why can’t i see distant objects clearly ?

This condition is referred to as being “Shortsighted” or “Nearsighted” or medically termed as Myopia. A Myopic eye focusses light in front of the retina causing the image of distant objects to appear blurry. Simply put, The eye is over focussing. This condition is corrected with spectacle lenses or contact lenses.
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Why do I get eyestrain at near?

HYPEROPIA is also known as “Farsightedness”. A Hyperopic eye focusses light behind the eye. This means that the individual is usually able to see things clearly at a distance but has difficulty with maintaining focus at near, leading to eyestrain. This condition is corrected with spectacle lenses or contact lenses.

What is a “rugby ball” shaped eye?

Astigmatism is a condition that is commonly referred to as a “rugby ball” shaped eye. The normal eye is “soccer ball” in shape. Astigmatism is due to the cornea or lens in the eye being irregular in shape, which causes light to focus at 2 separate points. This results in headaches, eye discomfort and blurry vision, especially at night. This condition is corrected with spectacle lenses or contact lenses.

Why can’t I read at near after the age of 40 ?

Presbyopia is Latin for “old eyes”. It occurs when the lens in the eye loses its flexibility which makes focussing on near objects difficult. Hence, cell phones and newspapers need to be held at a further distance to be seen. Presbyopic changes occur in everyone over the age of 40 and it cannot be prevented. This condition is corrected with spectacle lenses and contact lenses.

What is Keratoconus ?

Is a vision disorder that occurs when the normally round cornea (front part of the eye) becomes thin, irregular and cone shaped. This abnormal shape prevents the light entering the eye from being focussed correctly on the retina and causes distortion of vision. Hard contact lenses are the mainstay of treatment but are usually not well tolerated. Specialised Hybrid lenses are now available today to give keratoconic patients crisp clear and comfortable vision. Click here to learn more. ( hyperlink to contact lens section of Synergeyes ). For Video

CATARACT

A cataract is a clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye varying in degree from a slight to a complete opacity which limits or obstructs the passage of light to the back of the eye. Early in the development of age-related cataract, the power of the lens may be increased, causing myopia and the gradual yellowing and opacification of the lens may reduce the perception of blue colors. Should the best corrected vision with spectacles no longer be satisfactory, a cataract extraction procedure and lens implant is recommended.

DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

This condition is linked to type 1 or type 2 diabetics. The blood vessels on the retina containing the light sensitive cells are damaged. If you have diabetes, initially you may not notice any changes to your vision. However, in time, diabetic retinopathy can cause mild to severe vision loss in one or both eyes. A regular eye examination by an eye-care professional is essential to map out, and best control the progression.

Why do my eyes burn ?

This condition is also known as Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, but more commonly refered to as Dysfunctional Tear Syndrome (DTS). The tear layer is made of three layers; a lipid, aqueous and mucin layer; which becomes deficient in one or more of the layers. Systemic conditions, medications and envirnomental factors, like PC’s and aircons often result in DTS. The most common treatment of DTS is the instillation of tear supplements combined with the implemention of a good lid cleaning regimen.

GLAUCOMA

Glaucoma is a disease resulting in the optic nerve at the back of the eye being damaged due to an intolerance of the pressure inside the eye. Glaucoma can only be detected by an eye care professional as there are most commonly no symptoms for the patient during the early stages of the disease when it is critical to start treatment to limit or avoid blindness. Typical treatment involves the daily instillation of eye drops, frequent visits to aneyecare practitioner combined with a visual field analysis

HYPERTENSIVE RETINOPATHY

High blood pressure damages the fine blood vessels of the retina. Signs of this damage are the narrowing of the arteries and leakage of blood. Most patients don’t have any symptoms but some may present with decreased vision and headaches. Aim of treatment is to prevent or limit damage to the retina by reducing the high blood pressure. Our Fundus Camera takes amazing pictures of the retina and we will be able to detect any hypertensive changes in your eye.

MACULA DEGENERATION

Macula degeneration (MD) is an eye disorder that occurs when the tissue in the macula, which is responsible for central vision, deteriorates. In the worst cases, MD causes a complete loss of central vision, making driving or reading impossible, whilst for others may only cause slight distortions. MD affects your central vision, not peripheral vision, thus it does not cause total blindness. It is strongly advised to have your eyes checked at least once a year to monitor for any changes so that the practitioner and intervene and prescribe if necessary.

HEALTHY EYES

The health of your eyes proved normal and no abnormalities have been detected. Examination of the retina, the light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the inner eye and the optic nerve showed no signs of early diseases or other anomalies. Many ocular diseases go undiagnosed in the early stages as the vision is often uneffected, hence regular eye examination are recommended to ensure that potential diseases are diagnosed early.

GENERAL EYECARE

80% of the information we process through our lifetime is received through our eyes. This makes your eyes the most important of all your senses and protecting them is our primary concern as your eye care practitioner. A healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet that including fresh fruit and vegetables is important to maintain a healthy body and healthy vision. Systemic medication for diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, anxiety disorders and man

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