292015Oct
Excessive Use of Electronic Devices Blamed for Increase in Children’s Eye Problems

Excessive Use of Electronic Devices Blamed for Increase in Children’s Eye Problems

Excessive use of electronic devices and a lack of time outdoors are two factors being blamed for an alarming increase in eye problems in children. Professor Brien Holden, from the Brien Holden Vision Institute at the University of NSW, warned short-sightedness, or myopia, should not be underestimated. “Putting your four-year-old in front of an iPad or…

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202015Oct
Smoking & Your Eyes

Smoking & Your Eyes

While it is common knowledge that smoking can be damaging to our health, many people are unaware that smokers are at a much greater risk of developing eye health problems compared to non-smokers. Early onset of Age-related macular degeneration and cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness and visual impairment worldwide. Tobacco smoke…

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82015Oct
Glaucoma- You and your Family

Glaucoma- You and your Family

Scientists have identified six genetic variants associated with the eye condition glaucoma in people from around the world including Australia. The discovery, in three major studies, could help identify people at higher risk of the disease and lead to earlier screening and treatments. All three studies, published today in Nature Genetics, identify gene sequence variations of…

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302014Nov
New guidelines for management of glaucoma

New guidelines for management of glaucoma

Optometrists will no longer be able to independently manage glaucoma patients, according to new guidelines from the Optometry Board of Australia (OBA). Instead ophthalmologists will take the lead in treating the disease, in collaboration with the patient’s optometrist. The new guidelines follow a long-running dispute between ophthalmologists and optometrists over the optometry guidelines for glaucoma…

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152014Oct
Are Your Sunglasses Up to Standard?

Are Your Sunglasses Up to Standard?

The quality of sunglasses does not necessarily relate to their darkness or cost, so you must check the label to ensure they meet Australian Standards. Sunglasses that fit well and transmit very little UV radiation will ensure your eyes are protected. For the best UV eye protection, choose sunglasses that: Meet Australian Standards for UV…

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142014Sep
Six gene variations linked to glaucoma risk

Six gene variations linked to glaucoma risk

Scientists have identified six genetic variants associated with the eye condition glaucoma in people from around the world including Australia. The discovery, in three major studies, could help identify people at higher risk of the disease and lead to earlier screening and treatments. All three studies, published today in Nature Genetics, identify gene sequence variations of…

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