Should you be tested for Cataracts?

Have you noticed a gradual decline in your vision, even with reading glasses?
Does your world generally look really fuzzy or cloudy?
Your reading glasses don't seem to be doing their job any more, and you keep adjusting your phone and tablet to larger and larger text to enable reading?

Cloudy fuzzy visions - get tested for cataracts with Dr Chrissie Cockinos

Have you noticed a gradual decline in your vision, even with reading glasses?
Does your world generally look really fuzzy or cloudy?
Your reading glasses don't seem to be doing their job any more, and you keep adjusting your phone and tablet to larger and larger text to enable reading?

Should you be tested for Cataracts?

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Well are you? Don't wait, it's really quick and easy.

Dr Chrissie Cockinos eye laser vision correction

Eye Care Awareness Month runs from 21 September to 18 October. In light of this, Dr Chrissie Cockinos explains why dry eye is so common in people living with diabetes.

Diabetes has a number of associated eye conditions: ocular muscle palsies, blepharitis, dry eye, corneal ulceration, changes in refraction, early cataracts and retinal disease.

Sadly, diabetes is becoming more common than ever before. The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that there will be 370 million diabetes patients by the year 2030. This is double the number of people living with diabetes registered in 2000.

Blepharitis is such a common condition.It probably occurs in 30- 50% of patients who visit an eye specialist.

It is so often undiagnosed because it causes the same symptoms as dry eye and allergies. Patients will often talk about “scratchy eyes, dry eyes, heavy/tired and sore eyes, sensitive eyes,” but there is underlying blepharitis causing those symptoms.

Cataract Surgery Procedure

Almost all cataracts are removed under sedation in theatre. Microincision techniques are used (incisions are around 2mm wide on the cornea).

A plastic lens is implanted through this tiny incision once the cataract has been emulsified and removed by your surgeon. This lens is measured by your preoperative measurement.

You will be required to put eye drops prescribed for you in each eye 3-4 times a day for 3 weeks.

You will need to sleep with a plastic eye shield over the operated eye for 3 nights in order to prevent anything from entering the operated eye while you are sleeping. The shield can be removed the next day.

You must not rub your eye and not get dirty or tap water in it for 4 days because this is a sutureless technique.

Dr Chrissie Cockinos ophthalmologist and cataract eye specialist explains cataract surgery procedure and cataract surgery aftercare.

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What is a cataract?

A cataract is an opacification of the lens of your eye which is normally clear.

How do you know you have a cataract?

Firstly the change in vision you may experience is usually gradual. Your distance vision even with wearing your normal glasses may become blurry. Lights may become disturbing with symptoms such as haloes or starbursts around lights at night.

So what are the benefits of laser corrective eye surgery compared to contact lenses or glasses?

For years, I have been a moderately myopic (short sighted- unable to see far) person, despite my training as a doctor and eye surgeon. I didn't really trust the previous methods of laser corrective eye surgery as many eye surgeons don't.

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This is an infection of the eyelids and eyelash follicles and  is due to bacteria called Staphylococcus or sometimes parasitic mites called Demodex.

30% or more of children and adults suffer from Blepharitis! 66% of elderly people suffer from blepharitis. This is huge!

It is the commonest cause of  red, scratchy, dry eyes and eye specialists see it all the time. You will not know what the cause of your red, scratchy, dry eyes is until you have been examined by an eye specialist or optometrist at a slit lamp (microscope).

Demodex is a particularly nasty little mite which sleeps inside your eyelash follicles during the day and only comes out to excrete or procreate on your eyelashes at night! These excretions (and the mite itself) are very irritating to your eyes, especially in the mornings when you wake up. If you have Demodex blepharitis you will suffer from red, sore, scratchy eyes especially in the mornings.

Did you know that there are many causes of a red eye?
Some are benign and clear spontaneously, like a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This usually doesn't cause pain but looks scary!

There are so many ways that diabetes sufferers can experience eye problems that it’s imperative that every diabetic starts to see an ophthalmologist every year from the time of diagnosis. Thereafter your specialist will tell you how often you need to visit him or her.