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Some common conditions

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Macular Degeneration

The macula is an area at the back of your eye that you use for seeing fine details such as reading a book. Macular degeneration (MD) covers a number of conditions which affect the macular. The conditions affect your ability to do certain tasks such as reading and watching television, but do not affect your ability to walk around as your side vision is not affected.

One of the most common symptoms of MD is noticing that straight lines appear wavy or there are patches missing from your vision. You may not notice this if it happens in one eye as your other eye will compensate, so it is important to regularly check your vision in each eye separately. You can do this by looking with each eye separately at the straight lines on a door frame or Venetian blind. If you notice the lines are distorted or there are missing patches, you should see us straight away.

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, is damaged by the pressure of the fluid inside your eye. This may be because the pressure is higher than normal, or because the nerve is more susceptible to damage from pressure. This may affect one or both of your eyes.

There are two main types of glaucoma: chronic glaucoma, which happens slowly and acute glaucoma which happens quickly. Chronic glaucoma is much more common than acute glaucoma.

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Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an inflammation of your eyelids. It can make your eyelids red and eyelashes crusty, and make your eyes feel irritated or itchy. It can also lead to burning, soreness or stinging in your eyes. In severe cases, your lashes may fall out.

It is a chronic (long-term) condition. This means that once you have had it, it can come back even after it has cleared up. It normally affects both eyes. You can usually treat it by keeping your eyelids clean. You may need to do this for several months. We can spot the signs of blepharitis by looking closely at your eyelids. This is why we recommend booking in for our BLEPHEX treatment. The first treatment of its kind to really help fight blepharitis.

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Cataracts

Cataracts are formed when the clear lens inside your eye becomes cloudy or misty. This is a gradual process that usually happens as we get older. It does not hurt. The early stages of a cataract do not necessarily affect your sight.

The only proven treatment for a cataract, is surgery. If the cataract gets to the stage where it affects your sight, we will refer you to hospital to have this done. The surgery is carried out under a local anaesthetic and has a very high success rate.

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If you are concernced about any of the above, or anything else that may not be mentioned regarding your eyes, please request an appointment with us!