Author Archive for: ‘Ian McLeish’

Bank Holiday Closure

As usual for a bank holiday weekend, we will be closed on the Saturday as well – our practices will close on Friday evening at 5.30pm, and reopen on Tuesday.

Have a good weekend!

Contact Lenses Changed Ma Life

Not safe for children, but a brilliant scene from a classic Scottish movie.

Contact lenses can change your life – to book an appointment call us here.

Contact lenses, saft wans need not be expensive! Does your Optician does know his arse fae his elbow?
 
 
 
 
 
 

Photo of lock screen

Found- Phone and handbag

Photo of lock screenWe found a phone in a handbag behind our practice in Kingscourt.  Both were soaking- found Tuesday lunchtime and we assume it was there since the weekend. After drying it, the phone turns on, but a pattern lock prevents us finding the owner.

Someone in the area must recognise the ladies in this photo. Click the image or here for a larger view.

If you know who they are please ask them if any are missing a phone and bag.

If you can describe the bag and unlock the phone, please contact us to collect them.

Please share this with locals, especially Kingscourt folks.

 

 

 

Blepharitis

Blepharitis

An eye with blepharitisRed, scaly itchy eyelids are something that many people have had for many years, and think that it is normal. I recently had a conversation with a man who had a very bad case of this common eyelid condition, called Blepharitis:

 

 

 

Me  “You have inflamed eyelids, which is very likely contributing to your dry eye symptoms, and there is a simple, inexpensive remedy you could use.”  (I was thinking about an MGDRx Eyebag.)
Him  “They have always been like that.”
Me    “But it is not normal.”
Him  “It’s normal for me!”
Me    “But there is a way to fix it.”
Him  “Is it going to kill me?”
Me    “No.”
Him  “Well I’m not interested [In my fix] then.”

I am sure that he had the distinct impression that I was trying to sell him something to cure a condition that he had never heard of, and had no complaint about. I did feel like the “Snake Oil” salesman coming into the the wild west town with a cure for every ailment.

Blepharitis is often caused by blocked glands in the eyelids- these glands naturally have bacteria living in them, but when the glands get blocked, the bacterial waste is trapped, which causes inflammation – swelling and redness of the eyelids. The skin gets dry and flaky, the eyelashes show crystals sticking to them, and the individual has the appearance of red rimmed eyes. I think that people notice this, perhaps subconsciously, and assume that they are tired, or have had a hard night.

We actually stopped selling the MGDRx Eyebags, because I felt so bad trying to sell something to cure a condition the “sufferer” was unaware they had, and had never heard of. At the time, with the exchange rate to the pound, they could get it cheaper direct from the manufacturer than we could manage- we were paying a middle man in Ireland, and had to add VAT. We were making nothing on them, and I still felt bad trying to “sell” them. Sometimes an Eyebag alone will not fix this condition, but along with meticulous lid hygiene we can usually get this to clear up without resorting to medicines such as antibiotics.

The reason for the post…..

I had a man in last week who had a family history of Wet Macular Degeneration, with complaints of visual distortion in his Right Eye. I referred him to The Mater Private Retinal Clinic, hoping that he did not have this problem, but he does. He was seen on Tuesday, and was given his first injection into the eye that day. If this man had had active Blepharitis he would not have been able to get this injection- Blepahritis is an absolute contraindication to IntraVitreal Injections, because of the risk of infection inside the eye.

Blepharitis can take a good while to clear up, either Medically with antibiotics, or with the Eyebag – It may not kill you, but it may mean that you cannot have the injections your eye requires to save your sight.

You can order an MGDRx Eyebag here.

Can you see to drive? National Glaucoma Awareness Week 2015

In the UK it is national glaucoma awareness week.

The focus for National Glaucoma Awareness Week, 8-14 June 2015 is on driving and encouraging people to have regular eye health checks to ensure that they are safe to drive. It is only with regular eye health checks through a local optometrist (optician), that people will know if their driving vision is affected. This is particularly important with glaucoma, as it has no symptoms in the early stages. But, with early detection and continued treatment people will often retain useful sight for life and be safe to drive for many years

Driving and our ability and safety to do so, is something that many people take for granted. Yet, how many people have a regular eye health check to ensure that their vision is accurate? Even if a person can see a number plate at 20 metres, how many have been tested for glaucoma which affects vision?

There is an estimated 600,000 people with glaucoma in the UK, but 300,000 are undiagnosed. As there are no early symptoms it is vital that people over the age of 40 have regular eye health checks every one or two years. Advanced glaucoma leads to serious loss of sight. Comments Russell Young, CEO of the International Glaucoma Association “the majority of us wouldn’t take our cars on the road without an annual service and MOT yet, we are happy to put ourselves behind the wheel without knowing if we can see safely to drive. A visit to the optometrist will quickly check our safety and detect if there is any risk of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a complex condition, in that the brain fills in what the eyes cannot see. Many people will insist their vision is perfectly normal even when there is significant loss of vision”.
“Around 10 per cent of the calls we receive to our helpline are from people worried about whether their glaucoma is going to affect their ability to drive. Yet the majority of those that report to the DVLA will not need further tests, and of those that do most will be found safe to drive”, Young continues.

Glaucoma causes misty, patchy or blurred vision in places. It can cause people to miss the unexpected such as a person crossing the road, a cyclist passing, or a vehicle merging into traffic. The only way to know for sure about your vision and your safety on the roads is to have regular eye health checks every one to two years, particularly if you are over the age of 40.

“It is important people know if they do have glaucoma that has caused damage to vision in both eyes, they are required by law to report their condition to the DVLA. If they fail to do so they can face a criminal conviction, a fine up to £1000 and may be uninsured to drive. The good news about glaucoma is with ongoing treatment people can protect their vision and most people will retain useful sight for life”, Young concludes.

Further information about Glaucoma and driving with Glaucoma can be found on the IGA website, www.glaucoma-association.com or via the Sightline (helpline) on 01233 64 81 70.

 
Source: Can you see to drive? National Glaucoma Awareness Week 2015 / News

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