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Covid-19, Health

Our COVID-19 Protocol

In line with the current regulations set out by our Government, we are able to provide you with services that fall under the essential guidelines. Please be so kind as to adhere to social distancing where possible. We will establish strict protocol measures and would be most grateful if you could adhere to these measures for your own safety, as well as that of our staff and fellow patients.

We look forward to be able to assist you again with your visual needs. In order for us to uphold the best hygiene protocol it is essential that you make a booking before visiting any of our stores. We are currently deep cleaning all our stores.

Our Hygiene Protocol

All staff will be screened before entering the store. On your arrival we will scan your temperature and your hands will be sanitized.

We require everyone to wear a mask in store. All our staff members will wear protective gear and will have to adhere to strict hygiene protocols.

The equipment and surfaces will be cleaned before your consultation.

The store and frames will constantly be cleaned and sanitized, especially after frames were tried on.

We will control the number of people allowed in store and ask that social distancing will be practiced in store.

Time allowed per appointment will be extended to avoid crowding and to allow time for us to sanitize before your appointment.

Eyecare, Health

The link between Diabetes and eye diseases

More than 1.8 million people living in South Africa have diabetes. Having diabetes increases the risk for vision loss and blindness caused by diabetic eye diseases. 

Diabetic eye diseases explained:

 

  • Diabetic eye diseases are a set of eye problems that can affect people with diabetes
  • There are several kinds of diabetic eye diseases, and all of them can cause vision loss and blindness
  • People with diabetes can protect their vision by getting eye exams at least once a year
  • Controlling diabetes can help lower the risk of vision loss

 

The most common diabetic eye disease is diabetic retinopathy, but people with diabetes are also at higher risk for diabetic macular edema (DME), cataract, and glaucoma.

The longer a person has diabetes, the greater their risk of developing diabetic eye disease. But the good news is that early detection and treatment can lower the risk of blindness by 95%.

 

By managing your diabetes by means of a healthy diet, regular exercise and the right medication for your condition, you can lower the risk of vision loss.

 

If you or someone close to you suffers from diabetes it’s extremely important to go for regular eye test.

 

Contact your nearest Optic Edge Optometrist today to schedule your eye test.

Children, Eyecare

Sunglasses for Kids

Do children need sunglasses?

 

Yes, they absolutely do. Damage to eyes from exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation is cumulative over our lifetime. Because kids spend much more time outdoors than most adults do, sunglasses that block 100 percent UV are especially important for children.

Some experts estimate that up to half of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation occurs by age 18. If this is true, sunglasses may be more important for children than most people imagine.

Wearing sunglasses during childhood may play an important role in preventing eye problems later in life that have been associated with cumulative UV exposure, including cataracts and pterygia.

 

Sunglasses help protect children’s eyes from UV rays and glare, whether it’s a sunny day at the beach or a cloudy day. Make sure your child’s sunglass lenses are made of a shatter-resistant material.

And UV rays aren’t the only potential danger from sunlight.

Recently, researchers have suggested that long-term exposure to high-energy visible blue light from sunlight might also cause eye damage over time, including increasing the risk of macular degeneration later in life.

Children’s eyes are more susceptible to UV and blue light than adult eyes because the lens inside a child’s eye is less capable of filtering these high-energy rays. This is especially true for young children, so it’s wise for kids to start wearing protective sunglasses outdoors as early in life as possible.

Also, be aware that your child’s exposure to UV rays increases at high altitudes, in tropical locales and in highly reflective environments (such as in a snowfield, on the water or on a sandy beach). Protective sunwear is especially important for kids in these situations.

 

Choosing sunglass lens colors

The level of UV protection sunglasses provide has nothing to do with the color of the lenses.

As long as your optometrist certifies that the lenses block 100 percent of the sun’s UV rays, the choice of color and tint density is a matter of personal preference.

Most sunglass lenses that block the sun’s HEV rays are amber or copper in color. By blocking blue light, these lenses also enhance contrast.

Another great option is eyeglasses with photochromic lenses, which are clear indoors and darken automatically in sunlight. Photochromic lenses eliminate the need for a separate pair of sunglasses for kids who need glasses for vision correction and are available in a variety of lens materials and colors.

All photochromic lenses block 100 percent UV and provide ample protection from high-energy visible blue light.

Start with an eye exam

Before buying sunglasses for children, schedule an eye exam with one of our Optic Edge Optometrists.

Kids’ eyes can change quickly through their growing phase and having an up-to-date eyeglass prescription (if needed) is the first step to helping your child see as clearly and comfortably as possible outdoors.

Eyecare

When should I have my eyes tested?

Eyesight testing identifies and helps track changes in your vision. Having regular eye exams is a crucial part of early diagnosis of eye conditions, appropriate vision correction, and safety when you drive or operate machinery.

When you should have you eyes tested

 

If you’re wondering how often you should have an eye test, the chances are it’s about time you had one!

Many of us put off having an eye test for months or years, even though we wouldn’t do the same for any other medical appointment. However, your vision is just as important as any other aspect of your health.

Whether you wear glasses or have never experienced vision correction, you likely do not think about the quality of your eyesight on a daily basis. However, most individuals experience some eyesight changes over time, even if these changes are gradual enough to be overlooked.

Eyesight testing identifies and helps track changes in your vision. Having regular eye exams is a crucial part of early diagnosis of eye conditions, appropriate vision correction, and safety when you drive or operate machinery.

Recognize the signs that you need to go for an eye test

 

But when do you need your eyesight tested? Schedule an appointment with one of our Optometrists when you are experiencing any of the following.

When you drive at night, can you clearly see other cars on the road and read relevant road signs? For many adults, the first sign of a vision change is increased difficulty when driving at night.

If you see halos around lights, cannot read signs, or have trouble distinguishing objects at night, talk to one of our optometrists.

Your overall health, from your nutrition to your sleep habits, can affect the way your eyes feel and function. If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes or any other condition that could affect your eyes, you will need to take particular care of your eye health. Start by discussing your diagnosis with your Optometrist and taking an eye test.

Headaches can result from muscle tension, stress, and inflammation, but they can also serve as warning signs that your vision is changing. If you notice an increase in your headache frequency or intensity, book an eye test.

If you suffer from migraines, you may see auras, spots, or other vision obstructions before, during, or after an episode. Often, these vision obstructions are harmless, but in some cases, these symptoms can indicate a serious underlying condition that’s contributing to the migraines and may be affecting eye health.

Vision disruptions can also occur without an accompanying migraine. In addition to auras and black spots, you may notice small “floaters” that seem to move across your eyes or flashes of light.

Eye fatigue or strain can occur for a number of reasons, including spending a lot of time in front of a computer screen or reading. However, if your discomfort persists for three or more days, the eye strain may hint at an eye infection or condition.

A strong sensitivity to light, especially a sensitivity that appears suddenly, can be a symptom of an eye infection or even a corneal abrasion. Have this sensitivity assessed by your Optometrist to determine the likely cause.

Many eye conditions first manifest as difficulty focusing on a specific object in your field of vision or blurriness when you focus on a single object. Some individuals experience inconsistent focus issues. For example, you may only have trouble focusing in certain levels of light or the problem may move from one eye to the other. Difficulty focusing can also be linked to specific tasks such as reading small print or looking at an electronic device screen.

Remember:

 

Even if you aren’t experiencing any of these symptoms, you should prioritize having your eyes tested at least once every two years or as frequent as your Optometrist recommends. You may need more frequent testing if you have a family history of diabetes, glaucoma, or other relevant conditions.

Don’t put off routine eye tests. Understanding the quality of your vision is an important step in finding vision correction that works for you and protecting your sight from potential damage in the future.

 

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