What are the causes of Visual Impairment?

Many different issues can cause visual impairment. Not all of these are related just to the eyes. Many can be related to the pathway between the eye and brain or the part of the brain responsible for processing sight.

What Do I do if I have Low Vision?

If you no longer see an eye specialist and have been discharged, it may be useful to visit an Optometrist (Opticians) they may be able to signpost you to a local service which specialise in helping people with low vision. A good low vision service will have a wide range of equipment including handheld magnifiers and […]

How do cataracts effect your vision ?

Cataracts are generally seen more with age but other medical conditions such as Diabetes can accelerate them. Cataracts make with vision ‘milky’ or ‘cloudy’ especially when the lighting is low. Street lights can have a ‘halo’ around them. You find you need to add more light when reading and it is still difficult. If you […]

Can you have cataract surgery if you have Macular Degeneration?

Yes you can have cataract surgery. Sometimes your consultant Ophthalmologist will be reluctant to do this surgery as there is a risk of making the Macular degeneration worse.Cataract surgery involves removing the lens in your eye and is replaced with a clear artificial lens. Things will seen much brighter but as you have macular degeneration […]

What is the difference between Cataracts and Macular Degeneration (AMD)?

Macular degeneration and cataracts are two different eye conditions that have some shared symptoms, including blurriness and vision loss. The risk for both increases with age. Macular degeneration (AMD) results from the wear and tear of the part of the retina which is responsible for central vision – known as the macular. A damaged or […]

I See things in my vision but I am registered partially sighted how so?

Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) is a condition that some people get when they lose some or all of their vision. It causes them to have hallucinations (seeing things that aren’t really there) There isn’t a treatment for Charles Bonnet but reassurance that is is a normal part of sight loss is a comfort and confiding […]

How is it best to light things for my reading?

Generally we would recommend a fluorescent task light. These lamps give a very white light and do not get hot like conventional anglepoise lamps. These are best positioned from the side of the person (not over ones shoulder)

I have had a stroke what has happened to my vision?

A stroke occurs when there is a leak or blockage to the blood vessels in the brain. This can lead to quite a characteristic vision loss of half the field of vision in each eye. The loss of vision is called hemianopia and means half vision. If you have had a right hemianopia you may […]

Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE)

Pseudoxanthoma elasticum or PXE (pronounced ‘pixie’) is a disease affecting many parts of the body. It causes calcium and other minerals to build up in various body tissues, especially those which are usually elastic, such as the skin on the neck, armpits and knees. Affected skin develops a yellow, waxy, ‘cobblestone’ appearance and forms loose […]

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