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NHS

NHS Am I entitled to a free eye examination? Everyone in Scotland is entitled to a free NHS eye examination once every 2 years if you are between 16 and 69 years old. You will be entitled to a free eye examination once a year if you are: under 16 years are age 70 or over have diabetes have glaucoma…

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Flashes and Floaters

Flashes and Floaters Flashes and floaters are conditions within the vitreous humour of the eye. What are floaters? Floaters appear as small black dots or strands. They float in the vitreous humour which is the jelly-like substance contained within the eye. Floaters are of various shape, size and consistency. While they can be annoying, they are very common and are…

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Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration The macula is a pigmented area at the back of the eye. The macula allows us to see what is straight in front of us and allows us to perform fine detail tasks like reading and writing. When the macula becomes damaged it becomes harder to see fine detail. The central part of your vision becomes affected causing…

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma What is glaucoma? You or a family member may have been told by your optician that you have glaucoma, and naturally you will now want to know “what is glaucoma?”. Glaucoma is an eye condition where your optic nerve is damaged by the pressure of the fluid inside your eye. When the fluid (the aqueous humour) in the front…

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Dry Eye

  Dry Eye What is dry eye syndrome? Dry Eye syndrome is a very common condition which occurs when the eye does not produce enough tears. Also, if the composition of the tears changes and they then start to evaporate too quickly. Symptoms of dry eye syndrome include a burning or stinging sensation in the eye. They may also feel…

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Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis What is conjunctivitis? This is a common condition which causes the thin, clear layer of tissue that covers the eye, the conjunctiva, to swell. The eyes will be red, bloodshot and watery, they will also feel gritty and itchy. Infectious conjunctivitis will also produce a pus that will make the eyelashes sticky and crusty. You may also feel sensitivity towards…

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Cataracts

Cataracts What are cataracts? Patients often ask, “What are cataracts?” A cataract is the clouding of the lens in the eye. Light first passes through the cornea at the front of the eye then through the lens which sits behind the pupil and then focuses on the retina at the back of the eye. When the lens becomes cloudy less…

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Blepharitis

Blepharitis What is blepharitis? If you have never heard the term before you may be wondering “What is blepharitis?”. Blepharitis is a common condition which causes inflammation of your eyelids. Symptoms of the condition may include: • Swollen or puffy eyelids • Itchy, sore, red lids which may be stuck together when you wake up in the morning • Crusty eyelashes •…

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