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Marking the World Glaucoma Week (March 8-14).
More than 5 milion people worldwide are blind from glaucoma, and many more sufer from glaucoma visual impairment. World Glaucoma Week is celebrated from March 8 to 14
How to read an eyeglasses prescription?
How many times have you left ophthalmology examination holding a prescription for glasses, not knowing what the meaning is behind all those written numbers?
Do you have short-sightedness or farsightedness or perhaps you have astigmatism?
Fear makes our eyes bigger
Why do we open our eyes wide when in fear?
Does fear of looking of watching exist?
What’s the fear of eye contact called?
Are you having a problem with the cornea?
In the latest blog by Maja Pauk Gulic, MD, PhD find about the most common corneal diseases and how to treat them.
What happens when patients who had laser vision correction gain cataract?
Symfony intraocular lens, thanks to design has allowed patients who have undergone laser vision correction to be free from wearing glasses after cataract surgery.
How do we cure macular disease?
With the proliferation of average life expectancy, we have more and more patients with diseased macula. Additionally, a modern way of life increasingly leads to diabetes development, and with it, macular disease.
Do you know what the dry eye is and what are the symptoms?
Dry eye problems begin without major symptoms, but gradually deteriorate. Most often, patients complain of eye irritation, foreign body sensation, sometimes itching, and advanced stage of pain and strong light-sensitivity (photophobia).
You are younger than 35, your dioptre is constantly changing, and you can never achieve visual acuity you used to have?
With the keratoconus the cornea is sharpens forward as a tent, gets deformed and laminates as a balloon we inflate. At some point this balloon can crack. However, the cracks on the cornea surface are micron sized and closed immediately, leaving a scar. Scars that lead to significant visual impairment shrink and thicken with continuous repetition of this process.
Scientists have finally determined the causes of short-sightedness
The short-sightedness is affected by genetics, but also by other environmental factors such as a lot of close-ups and reduced staying in the sun and the open space.
How to protect your eyes and enjoy new year's holidays?
Fireworks can cause eye injuries such as rupture of the globe of the eye, chemical and thermal burns of the eye, corneal abrasions and retinal detachment.
The smoothest dioptre removal ever- never easier and safer for the perfect vision
Femtosecond method using IntraLase laser to create flaps and Schwind Amaris laser to remodel cornea is considered the best combination in laser dioptre removal nowadays.
Dark curtains, spots and flashes in the eyes - when to go urgently to an ophthalmologist?
What do back eye problem symptoms look like and why is it important to go to examination as soon as possible?
Do you know which aesthetic surgery procedure is the most common nowadays?
Unlike the pharmaceutical industry solutions, aesthetic surgeries are fast, safe and precise. Although the range of possible aesthetic surgeries offered by today's medicine is huge, most performed aesthetical procedure is blepharoplasty.
Do you know what UV rays do to your eyes and how to properly protect yourself?
Sun rays can seriously damage the eyes and the surrounding eyelid skin and cause loss of visual acuity, cataract development, macular degeneration, and eyelid cancer.
Can modern medicine prevent the progression of short-sightedness in children?
Although children should be limited to watching the screen for too long because it tires and dries the eyes and harms the child's social development, we still have not been able to prove the direct link between long-term work on the computer and increased dioptre growth.
How are red face and dryness of the eyes linked?
Do you have redness and feel of burns on the cheeks and enlarged capillaries? Is acne visible on your forehead and nose? These are the symptoms of rosacea, common and chronical disease that affects face but eyes as well.
Do you know how diabetes affects your eye?
Eye is one of the most commonly affected organs in people with diabetes. Eye complications can be relatively harmless, while can lead to blindness in its most difficult form! Diabetes is the leading cause of low vision and blindness among the working-age population in Europe, which causes enormous treatment costs and disability due to inability to work.
Does marijuana help in the glaucoma treatment?
The fact is that the use of cannabinoids really lowers the eye pressure. However, this reduction lasts for 3-4 hours after the application. Since glaucoma requires 24-hour regulation, marijuana should be consumed at least 6 times a day.
LED lighting - Does it harm your eyes?
LED lighting sources are not harmful, in fact they don’t even heat, and due to their durability and low energy consumption, LED bulbs are environmentally and economically acceptable. But we must pay attention to the color of the light itself.
Do you know when’s the right time to take your child to an ophthalmological examination?
Most common eye diseases and conditions that can decrease visual acuity in children are refractive errors corrected by optical or contact lenses, and strabismus (unnatural eye position, skewed eyes). Many of visual disturbances in childhood are treated simply if detected on time.
Did you know how 3-D movies are affecting your eyes?
According to recent knowledge, without long-term studies, there are no indicators that show the harmful effect of 3-D movies on your vision.
Did you know that wrinkles around the eyes are the first sign of ageing?
Procedure of Botox injecting lasts for couple of minutes, it is relatively painless, and result is visible after 5 to 7 days. Treatment can be done numerous times, but it is needed to keep an eye on time spam between procedure proposed by the doctor. Side effects of Botox treatments are rare.
World Sight Day - Vision problems to be handled in early childhood!
Every child should be ophthalmologically examined up to the third year of their lives. In any suspicion of a child's poorer vision or crossed eyes, the examination should be urgent, regardless of age and child’s co-operation.
Entoptic (entopic) phenomenon or how the eye sees only itself
The eye is also able to perceive its microenvironment: the blood vessels that feed it, the gel that fills the eyeball, even its own blood cells.
Do you know how to treat the most common visual disorder in children?
Vision disorders can be successfully treated in childhood if diagnosed on time.
Should children read in the dark?
Under muted light conditions, exertion of eye muscles is greater so blurred vision eye and eyelid irritation, headachek, neck pain and sometimes even nausea are not rare.
What should be done in order to prevent glaucoma?
Glaucoma is said to be a quiet vision thief. Forestall it with regular check-ups at an ophthalmologist.
Not only do pupils response to light, but they also expose our emotions (Pupillometry)
Our pupils balance between light and emotional reactions at each moment. Science of pupil size is called pupillometry and it is used in various psychological phenomena researches.
Do you know what yellow spot or macula is?
Macula is the centre of the eye and sharpest sight place. It’s on the background of the eye. Its nerves are rich with lutein and zeaxanthin pigment, which makes it look yellow.
Lenses for perfect vision, regardless of age?
Tecnis Symfony intraocular lens is the first lens with an extended range of vision at all distances. Usually it is being implanted during the cataract surgery, but also to the people of any age who want to be set free from glasses.
Do you know how we remove dioptre and astigmatism with laser?
We remove the dioptre and astigmatism so that the laser beam remodels front surface of the eye and corrects refraction error in order to solve you from dependence on glasses or lenses.
Did you know that cataract surgery can solve wearing glasses problem forever?
For the patients, as well as doctors, it is not easy to describe satisfaction and new life dimension obtained after cataract surgery and years of wearing glasses. Sometimes we get so used to disadvantages and aid equipment we fix them with, that we don’t even think there’s something better, in fear of ignorance.
Do you know about medical importance of “red eyes effect” in the photos?
Asymmetric “red eye” effect at an adult age can be a sign of many eye diseases, most commonly cataract, (age blur of natural eye lens) retinal disease or deep eye bleeding.
10 Fascinating Things about Eyes
Eyes are small organs with many hidden interesting facts you surely were not aware of.
7 biggest misconceptions and fears when it comes to laser vision correction
Do you want to finally break free from your dioptre, but on this road, there are many doubts, questions and fears? These are the answers to some of the most common questions when it comes to laser vision correction.
Do you know how medicine solves dry eye?
Dry eye therapy for easier cases are artificial tears/drops 4 to 5 times a day, available at the pharmacies. For somewhat more expressed dryness of the eye, denser artificial tears and gel or ointment artificial tears can be applied.
Do you know about contact lens risks?
Usage od contact lens leads to some risks we should be aware of. We can significantly lower infection risks and other complications with education and responsible behaviour.
Can pregnant women have laser dioptre removal?
Optimal planning of laser dioptre removal with women planning for pregnancy would be 2-3 months before pregnancy, or after stabilization of the menstrual cycle after birth.
What to do when you detect glaucoma in the initial stage of pregnancy?
Eye pressure drops are initial therapy. For most of the patients, it is lasting and effective therapy. Nevertheless, non-invasive, non-harmless, further lowering eye pressure laser treatment can be done.
You swim and shower with contact lenses, but do you know about Acanthamoeba?
In approximately 90% of cases, the disease is related to use of contact lenses since they cause corneal microtrauma so this parasite can penetrate the eye.
An artificial electronic retina - a chip that brings hope to the blind
These devices are a major breakthrough because they made it possible to make some people with unbearable diseases see for the first time in history. Of course, it should be emphasized that the vision that can be obtained at this time is very modest: contours and silhouettes are visible, but even such vision enables a blind person more secure movement.
Do you know how low vision is associated with stress?
Stress can have an impact on worsening vision. It has been shown that exposure to increased levels of stress can lead to central serous retinopathy. Young men under chronic stress are more prone to that disease.
How too much time spent in front of the screen affects your child's eyesight?
Although the direct link between long-term work on the computer and increased dioptric growth still hasn’t been proven, the occurrence of short-sightedness in children (but also adults) is often associated with the increasing workload on the computer.
You drive your car every year to technical inspection, but when was the last time you went to eye examination?
The basic ophthalmologic examination consists of the determination of visual acuity with the dioptre at distance and near, intraocular pressure, examination under a biomicroscope (eyelid, joint, cornea, ocular eyelid, pupils and lenses) and pupil dilation, examination of back segment of the eye (lens, optic nerve, retina and blood vessels).