Category “Eye health”

Health Care Costs in Ireland Fall

November 23rd, 2011
Health Care Costs in Ireland Fall

While health care costs in most countries around the world are increasing, in Ireland the opposite appears to be happening. According to research carried out by Avantis Global Health and Dental Price index the costs of both medical and dental health care in the Irish Republic have dropped by an average of 7 and a […]

How Safe is LASIK Laser Eye Surgery?

November 2nd, 2011
How Safe is LASIK Laser Eye Surgery?

LASIK surgery is a relatively new concept in the treatment of eye problems. It stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis and involves carefully cutting and reshaping the cornea in the eye to improve a person’s vision. Initially the treatment was quite primitive, but the modern day LASIK machine offers a range of eye treatments by […]

Too Old for Laser Eye Surgery?

October 17th, 2011
Too Old for Laser Eye Surgery?

As we get older our eyesight changes and for some people these changes can be dramatic. What’s more, anyone diagnosed with an illness such as diabetes need constant monitoring, as eye disease can be a consequence of uncontrolled blood sugar levels. However, many older people are now looking to have laser eye treatment, particularly those […]

FDA Cracking Down on Eye Care Professionals

October 5th, 2011
FDA Cracking Down on Eye Care Professionals

The growth in LASIK technology to improve the eyesight of customers has fired up officials at the US Federal Drug Administration. It seems the latter has decided to crack down on eye care specialists, who may be miss-selling the technology and / or making false safety claims. The FDA recently sent out a letter warning […]

Laser Eye Surgery Growing in Popularity

August 24th, 2011
Laser Eye Surgery Growing in Popularity

Despite not being available on the NHS, laser eye surgery is nevertheless enjoying a rapid growth, with more and more people opting for the treatment in an attempt to discard their spectacles. The procedure has been around for about 20 years, but it is only in the last couple that patients have realised its value. […]

Worries over eye surgeon’s patients

August 8th, 2011
Worries over eye surgeon’s patients

In the UK there are generally few worries about who holds the records for patients. This is true even if your doctor passes away. Quite simply the NHS medical records department or some other organisation will hold those records. Accessing them may not be straightforward, but applying for the right to do so is via […]

Are You Skipping an Eye Test?

June 29th, 2011
Are You Skipping an Eye Test?

If you are one of the many people skipping an eye test, then you could be putting your health at risk. That’s the conclusion of a recent report published in the US by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDCP) The organisation carried out a survey questioning a fairly large sample of 11,503 adults […]

Eye Medication Expenditure Growing

June 15th, 2011
Eye Medication Expenditure Growing

Researchers in the USA have found that the personal expenditure on eye medication, in particular for diseases such as Glaucoma, is on the rise. Apparently, in 2001 people spent an average of $445 (about £380), whereas by 2006 this had risen dramatically to $557 (about £490). This amounts to a staggering 25% increase in just […]

The Future of Ophthalmology

May 20th, 2011
The Future of Ophthalmology

Ensuring good eye sight for life is perhaps one of the most personal of health concerns; particularly since around 50% of the population wear spectacles or need some aid to vision. But how is ophthalmology developing? There are in fact 5 trends. First is cataract surgery. Until relatively recently surgery involved having a major operation […]

The Problem With Getting Older

April 20th, 2011
The Problem With Getting Older

As one gets older it is inevitable that eyesight will be one of the first things to be affected. However it is not always realised what sorts of problems occur with aging. As such, it is perhaps useful to recognise what they are. One of the commonest eye ailments is cataract. The latter can be […]

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