Dry eye caused by Sjögren’s syndrome (SS) is one of the reasons why Venus Williams pulled out of the 2011 US Tennis open. Last weekend, at the Luxembourg open final, Venus won her first major title after a 31 month barren period.
Venus had been dealing with SS for many months prior to the diagnosis and this was the reason for her recent dip in form. She experienced dry eyes, dry mouth, fatigue, swelling and loss of hearing which all affected her ability to play tennis.
Eye health check-ups aren’t just for people who need glasses, according to contact lens optician Nick Atkins from PTR Consultants, speaking at the start of National Eye Health Week.
Nick discussed the bredth of health conditions that can be picked up by a check-up including diabetes and high blood pressure in a series of interviews broadcast on local and community radio stations across the country.
The third National Eye Health Week takes place between 17th and 23rd September 2012 and aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining good eye health and attending regular sight tests.
This year, Altacor are supporting National Eye Health Week by providing tips and advice for the safe administration of eye drops. We have produced two new information sheets and a new training video on this subject, please visit our National Eye Health Week 2012 page for more information.
Eye care is particularly important for golfers, who are exposed not just to glare and UV light but also to dust, pollen and wind – all of which can irritate the eyes. Many golfers suffer from watery eyes and are unaware that it may be a symptom of dry eye, which can also cause a scratchy, gritty or smarting feeling and can be easily relieved with eye drops. Continue reading →
People with diabetes are more prone to dry eyes. If your eyes feel tired, sore or gritty or sandy, you may have ‘dry eyes’, or ‘blepharitis’, or both.
The eyelids have tiny glands in them, especially the lower lids. These glands make substances that mix with tears, and help the tears to spread across the eye. This thin layer of tears lubricates the eyes, stops them drying out, and keeps them comfortable. However, as you get older, and particularly if you have dry skin, these glands can block. As a result the glands do not make the chemicals that enables the tears to spread evenly across the front of the eye. The tears break up and dry patches develop on the surface of the eye which makes them feel sore.