What is monocular vision? When there is vision loss in one eye due to eye diseases or eye injuries, you only get useful vision out of the fellow unaffected eye. This is called monocular vision impairment. As we normally see the world through both eyes (what we refer to as binocular vision), people with only… Continue reading How to best manage monocular vision
2020 was a challenging year for many of us, with a global COVID-19 pandemic causing havoc to our normal day-to-day life. Disruptions to work routines, travelling schedules and even the ability to visit family and friends can bring about heightened anxiety and stress levels. We know that increased stress levels have a negative impact on… Continue reading Can Stress Affect Your Eyes?
The number of Australians with diabetes is on the rise. The latest figures show that 1.2 million Australians have been diagnosed with diabetes, with another staggering 2 million with pre-diabetes (a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal). Diabetes is not only associated with an increase in the incidence of cardiovascular disease,… Continue reading Do You Have Diabetes?
Glaucoma is a serious eye disease where progressive degeneration of the optic nerve results in gradual vision loss and it is usually the result of elevated eye (intraocular) pressure. Elevated eye pressure may occur due to a buildup of internal fluid (aqueous humor) that flows throughout the inside of the eye. This fluid normally drains out… Continue reading Glaucoma – beware of the silent thief of sight
Did you know that the origin of the name for the common eye condition ‘cataract’ is an ancient Greek word ‘katarrhaktēs’ meaning waterfall? A rapidly down-rushing waterfall appears white in colour so the word ‘cataract’ may have been used to describe the white appearance of a mature cataract in the eye. What is a cataract?… Continue reading Do you know the symptoms and treatment options for cataracts?
Do you know the possible symptoms of retinal detachment? This serious eye condition requires urgent specialist retinal surgery — vitrectomy surgery and/or scleral buckle surgery — to increase the chance of successfully saving a patient’s sight. Approximately one in ten thousand people may suffer from retinal detachment, with trauma, previous eye surgery, short-sightedness, or a… Continue reading Seeing Black Dots, Shadows, or Flashes?
In the current climate, with growing uncertainty about COVID-19 and the vulnerability of the older population, it is understandable that people are wary about community transmission and have adapted accordingly to this new environment. However, concerns about COVID aside, it’s still vital to remember that other health issues can still arise. It’s as important as… Continue reading Are you seeing the signs of macular degeneration?