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1 in 10 Children under 12 need spectacles, 1 in 5 by aged 16…
Will your precious one be able to see the whiteboard, blackboard or projector properly?
Will they know if they cannot? (How can a child know they cannot see properly?) Answer – They don’t!
Will your son require different educational techniques to his class mates, because of his colour vision deficiency??
Virtually all learning is visual. You get the message…
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There is a new chocolate bar, available only at the opticians! The Eye Bar is a chocolate bar containing the vitamins and nutrients proven to help prevent or slow down the progression of AMD (Age related Macular Degeneration).
From the distributor’s website-
Treat yourself to healthier eyes with EyeBar
EyeBar is a new and unique chocolate bar fortified with vitamins and minerals. EyeBar provides a more pleasing way to take a regular eye health supplement to help maintain healthy vision.
Made from quality chocolate (65% cocoa solids minimum) and with all the vitamins and minerals your eyes need to stay healthy, plus Lutein and Zeaxanthin, EyeBar is a delicious way to help look after your eyes.
The Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found that taking regular supplements specifically for the eyes may reduce further deterioration in eye health by up to 26%. EyeBar is fortified with vitamins C and E, Zinc and Copper, validated in both the AREDS and AREDS2 studies.
Each box contains 30 individually wrapped, 12g chocolate bars and one or two bars can be enjoyed daily. If appropriate, one EyeBar and one EyeTab capsule can be taken per day.
|Nutrient||1 Bar||2 Bars||% RDA 2 bars|
|Zinc||12.5 mg||25 mg||250%|
|Lutein / Zeaxanthin||6 mg||12 mg|
|Vitamin C||250 mg||500 mg||625%|
|Vitamin E||200 IU||400 IU||1333%|
|Copper||0.8 mg||1.6 mg||160%|
Personally I think one per day would suffice, but I’m not a chocoholic. If you are, or know someone that is, who might have early age changes, why not treat them? I guess there would be less calories in the tablets though?
Get them while they last, it will be interesting to see how many sell, compared to how many “disappear”!
Staff – I am watching YOU.
Sleep Apnoea, (or Apnea if you use American English) has recently been linked to poor outcomes for people with Wet AMD- researchers have found that many people who do not respond to IntraVitreal injections of Lucentis (bevacizumab) did have undiagnosed and therefore untreated Sleep Apnoea.
Sleep Apnoea is a potentially serious condition where the individuals throat narrows when sleeping. In some individuals the throat can become completely closed, causing them to be unable to breath. They will struggle to breath when asleep, but the brain then wakens the person, and while it may take a few seconds, they do start to breath again, though there may be a choking sensation until they do start. This can cause a seriously disrupted night for the sufferer and perhaps partner, and sleep apnoea sufferers are often chronically tired, some can fall asleep in the middle of a sentence, or even while driving.
People with sleep apnoea are usually constantly tired, and the reduced Blood Oxygen levels during an episode can cause problems with many body organs, including the brain and the eye. Another recent finding is that people with this condition are 1.67 times more likely to develop Glaucoma than non sufferers.
There are different types of Sleep Apnoea, the most common type is Obstructive, and can be managed by weight loss- if applicable, restricting alcohol intake and stopping using sleeping tablets if used. Sometimes just raising the head more, a different sleeping position, and nasal decongestants can help. Other sufferers can use a special mask which feeds higher than normal pressure air to them- this extra pressure helps keep the airway open. Apnoea can affect both sexes, but is more likely in men, and may tend to run in families, possibly indicating a genetic link.
There has been a long running investigation into Optometry run the the Competition Commission, who recently published their findings.
You can read their report here, but the Times’ article will give you most of the info without all that reading.
Competition is healthy in the profession, but where can you find the best value for money and should you pay for all those extras?