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    Cataract Awareness Month: Expert Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

    04 / 06 / 24

    June is Cataract Awareness Month, a time dedicated to educating people about one of the leading causes of vision impairment and blindness worldwide. SpaMedica is one of the country’s leading providers of NHS cataract surgery and we spoke to their Chief Medical Officer, Dr Alex Silvester, to address…

  • How hayfever and allergies affect your eyes – our eye experts explain 

    28 / 05 / 24

    If you are one of the millions of hayfever sufferers in the UK, you will know the symptoms – like red, dry, and itchy eyes – can make you miserable. But what you might not know is exactly how hayfever affects eyes, how you can help yourself when…

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    Is there any link between cataracts and Dementia?  

    15 / 05 / 24

    Having an eye condition, such as cataracts, can have a negative impact on your vision, your independence, and your overall quality of life. But can it also increase your risk of Dementia?  According to the Alzheimer’s Society, one in three people born in the UK today will develop…

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    Top 5 Vitamins for Maintaining Good Eye Health, According to Ophthalmologists

    27 / 03 / 24

    The benefits of ensuring specific vitamins, minerals, and nutrients are included in your diet are countless. These are not only essential for overall health and wellbeing, but also for supporting eye health and vision. The most common eye conditions affected by poor nutrition include cataracts, Age-Related Macular Degeneration…

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    Glaucoma – what you need to know

    18 / 12 / 23

    It’s estimated that more than 700,000 people in the UK have glaucoma, and this figure is likely to increase by 18% over the next decade, according to Glaucoma UK – in part due to an ageing population and more people being diagnosed.   Glaucoma can affect anyone, although prevalence…

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    SpaMedica Marks Cataract Awareness Month

    01 / 06 / 23

    SpaMedica is the UK’s largest provider of NHS cataract surgery and to mark Cataract Awareness Month, we’ll be explaining what cataracts are, how they can affect people’s day-to-day lives, and the benefits of having cataract surgery.  What are cataracts?  Cataracts are one of the most common causes of…

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    Looking out for his colleague: observant Amit’s rapid action helps Lynsey avoid serious sight damage

    23 / 03 / 23

    Senior optometrist Amit Nakum is committed to providing high quality care for patients at SpaMedica in Chelmsford, yet it was colleague Lynsey Chapman who benefited from his expertise when he noticed her worsening eye condition – and potentially saved her sight from permanent damage. Patient co-ordinator Lynsey, from…

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    How to reduce eye strain when working with a computer

    03 / 03 / 23

    Computer screens, tablets, mobile phones, TVs – you name it, it’s got a screen. These days it feels like our entire lives are dominated by screen time, and that’s been leading to an increase in cases of digital eye strain.  In fact, recent research sponsored by The Vision…

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    AMD Awareness Month: Understanding and Managing Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    01 / 02 / 23

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the main causes of sight loss in older adults. This February, to mark AMD Awareness Month, we’re sharing some important information about the condition, which affects over 600,000 people in the UK.   What is AMD?  AMD is an eye disease that…

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    Does alcohol affect cataracts?

    03 / 01 / 23

    The primary cause of cataracts is aging, but lifestyle plays an important part, too. The same steps you would take to age well and stay healthy have an impact on many aspect of your health, but also your eyes, including the risk of developing cataract, too. Avoiding smoking…

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    The cost-of-living crisis and its impact on eye health

    16 / 12 / 22

    This winter, many of us will be feeling the effects of the cost-of-living crisis. With energy, food, fuel and mortgage costs on the rise, it comes as no surprise that in September 2022, 87% of UK households reported that their cost of living had gone up from the…

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    Hallucinations – a common (but surprising!) side effect of vision loss

    16 / 12 / 22

    On 16th November, people from across the UK came together to mark Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) Awareness Day and shine a spotlight on the condition, which is a relatively common symptom of vision loss, but one that’s rarely talked about.   Up to 50% of people with severe vision loss…