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How to Spot Cataracts in Very Young Children

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Cataracts are usually associated with older people, and indeed it's the elderly who are most at risk of developing this eye condition. But that doesn't mean that people of other ages don't develop cataracts sometimes. Even very young children can have cataracts—a condition known as congenital or infantile cataracts. It can be difficult to tell, especially if the child is too young to tell you about visual problems. This puts them at risk of developing serious sight problems, so it's important to be aware of any signs of cataracts.

21 August 2017

Why Get Regular Eye Exams?

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When your vision is very blurry or dim, you know that it's time to get an eye exam. Your family doctor may have also recommended you get regular eye exams if you have a condition that could cause vision loss over time, such as circulatory problems. However, if you think you can see perfectly fine and don't have other such health conditions, you may wonder why you should get regular eye exams?

18 August 2017

3 Key Factors To Prevent Eye Damage When Choosing Sunglasses

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Eyes are a very important part of the body, and maintaining good vision quality is a vital consideration for most Australians. One of the most common causes of serious damage to the eyes is prolonged exposure to the sun. As a nation, Australians are very aware of how harmful the UV rays from the sun can be, yet the eyes and the area around the eyes are often neglected when it comes to sun protection.

16 August 2017

What Causes Cataracts, and Can They Be Prevented?

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Cataracts are caused by a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which causes fuzzy sight and other visual symptoms. Because the onset is often quite slow, people don't always know they have cataracts developing until the symptoms become severe or the problem is noticed by an optometrist. Once someone has developed cataracts, they'll need cataract surgery to replace the cloudy lens with an artificial one, which is usually a quick and easy procedure despite how complex it might sound.

14 August 2017

Understanding Ocular Sarcoidosis

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Ocular sarcoidosis is an inflammatory condition that occurs when your body's immune system overreacts to a threatening substance, such as bacteria or a virus, and causes clumps of inflammatory cells to form in the eye. Ocular sarcoidosis typically affects the conjunctiva, uvea or optic nerve. It's not fully understood why some people are more susceptible to developing this condition than others, but women and those with a family history of sarcoidosis are at an increased risk.

9 August 2017