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14 October 2021

Author: Melody Solaimaninajad

Driving eyesight rules: is your vision good enough to drive?

Driving eyesight rules

Having good eyesight is an essential part of road safety, and it’s also a legal requirement to meet the ‘standards of vision for driving’ set out by DVLA. Despite this, research by National Eye Health Week estimates that there are nine million drivers in Britain with vision that does not meet the legal standards for driving. Due to the sheer number of people on the roads with poor vision, accidents involving a driver with bad eyesight cause around 3,000 casualties and cost the UK £33 million per year.

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08 October 2021

Author: Melody Solaimaninajad

Heterochromia: Can your eyes be two different colours?

Heterochromia

Heterochromia is the medical term used to describe someone who has more than one eye colour, and it affects less than 1% of the world’s population. The term itself is derived from Ancient Greek, as ‘heteros’ meant different and ‘chroma’ meant colour. In many cases this means that each eye is a different colour – for example, one eye is brown while the other eye is blue. However, it can also mean that there are two separate colours in different parts of the same eye, and this can even occur in both eyes.

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05 October 2021

Author: Melody Solaimaninajad

Autumn recipe to boost your eye health

Autumn recipes to boost eye health

As the nights draw in and the weather grows colder, we begin to look forward to the hearty warm meals that make us feel cosy while the weather outside remains chilly. Autumnal treats and meals can be warming and delicious, and good for your diet too. However, did you know that some seasonal ingredients can also benefit your eyes? These foods are packed full of vitamins that promote good eye health and vision, so why not have a look at our autumnal recipe below that your eyes would love (just as much as your stomach would!)

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30 September 2021

Author: Melody Solaimaninajad

The short and long term impact of COVID-19 on your eyes

Impact of COVID on eyes

Over the past 18 months, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the world and has affected all of us in many different ways. Some of the most common COVID symptoms are now widely well known, such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath and the loss of smell and taste. How COVID can affect the eyes, however, is less well known – nevertheless, studies have shown that COVID does have some form of impact on the eyes. In this piece, we will explore how COVID affects the eyes and what impact it can have in the short and long term.

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23 September 2021

Author: Melody Solaimaninajad

National Eye Health Week 2021: 4 habits to follow for healthy eyes

National Eye Health Week 2021

This week (20th – 26th September) is National Eye Health Week in the UK! Here at Ultralase, we understand how important it is to keep your eyes healthy. In honour of National Eye Health Week, we will be exploring a few healthy habits you can incorporate into your lifestyle that promotes good eye health. Here are our 4 tips on how to look after your eyes:

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16 September 2021

Author: Melody Solaimaninajad

Fresher’s Week 2021: What impact does alcohol have on your eyes?

Fresher's Week

Fresher’s Week 2021 is almost here! With many universities starting the new academic year either this week or next week, hundreds of thousands of students will soon be setting off for a new chapter in their lives – ready to start their degree, make life-long friends, and party a little too hard (!). Speaking of partying, we all know that excessive alcohol consumption can be detrimental to both our physical and mental health. However, did you know that alcohol misuse can also harm your eyes too? Read on to discover how alcohol can affect your eyes, and why you should cut down on your alcohol intake for the sake of your eye health.

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09 September 2021

Author: Melody Solaimaninajad

What is long-sightedness (Hyperopia)?

Hyperopia

Long-sightedness (known in medical terms as hyperopia or hypermetropia) is a common refractive error that makes distant objects appear clearly, but nearby objects appear blurred. It’s one of the four main types of refractive errors: long-sightedness, short-sightedness (myopia), age-related long-sightedness (presbyopia) and an unevenly curved cornea (astigmatism).

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02 September 2021

Author: Melody Solaimaninajad

How does the weather in Autumn affect your eyes?

Autumn weather

The nights are getting longer, the days are getting colder, and we’re bringing out the jumpers from the back of our wardrobes… Autumn is almost here! It’s time to get a lot cosier as the seasons start to change, and soon we’ll be bundled up indoors with a warm mug of hot chocolate in our hands. However, the changing weather can have a negative impact on our eyes. Read on to discover some tips and tricks you can follow to prevent any possible eye irritation this autumn.

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25 August 2021

Author: Melody Solaimaninajad

Is bad eyesight genetic? Do you inherit your eyesight problems?

Is bad eyesight genetic

Many of our characteristics – our hair, skin, and eye colour – are passed down to us from our parents. Our parents can also pass down certain illnesses and diseases through our genes, and this can include our eyesight. Eyesight can be heavily influenced by genetics, while there are also environmental factors that can determine how good our eyesight will be. We may not be able to challenge our genetic predispositions, but we can follow a healthier lifestyle to ensure we prevent certain eye diseases as much as possible.

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19 August 2021

Author: Melody Solaimaninajad

How to tell which eye is your dominant eye

Dominant eye

We all know that most of us tend to have a dominant hand that we use for writing and that we use one half of our body more than the other. However, the human body also has a dominant eye. Figuring out which one of your eyes is the dominant one can help you during certain activities such as shooting, photography or sport. Whether you’re looking to improve your performance or you’re merely curious, there are a few easy tests you can complete to find out which eye is your dominant eye.

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