Having a baseline helps

We recommend a ‘baseline’ eye scan for people over 40 years old coming to us for regular eye examinations. OCT stands for scanning technology Optical Coherence Tomography. Scanning lets us ‘see’ tissue behind the visible retina inside the eye. In the past 5 years these scans have become invaluable in monitoring your eye health.

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Most of us know the importance of regular checks to protect our future eyesight and acknowledge how precious our eyesight is. Documenting a ‘normal and healthy’ situation gives us the best chance of catching problems early. These detailed measurements of your eye form a baseline we can compare back to - a useful check.

How often should you have eye scans?

Once we have a baseline scan then repeating every 5 years is smart. If there are other concerns during your regular exam we will recommend repeating the eye scans.

We use more comprehensive scans when we are monitoring eye conditions such as Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration. In these conditions different scans help us determine if things are progressing or stable.

Winter sun gets in your eyes

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During winter, the sun doesn’t rise quite as high as it does in the summer. Low winter sun can cause glare when driving, due to the angle which the light hits your windshield. This glare can temporarily blind drivers, making it impossible to see the road. 

UV rays are just as harmful in the winter as during summer. These are good reasons to protect your eyes in the winter months, here are our tips.

Wear Sunglasses

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Sunglasses can help significantly, blocking out the glare. Polarized lenses are coated with a thin film designed to reduce glare. And these lenses will also protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV exposure. Keep sunglasses in your car and you will be set.

Clean your windscreen

A dirty windscreen can make glare worse. Light coming in refracts off any dirt or smudges on the glass, making it harder to see. Remember to clean the inside of your windscreen too. Use a cleaner designed specifically for glass or windscreens.

Replace old wiper blades

Poor vision due to low winter sun is worse when it’s raining or the road is wet. Wiper blades that leave streaks or don’t work effectively can intensify the glare.

Be My Eyes - Become a Digital Volunteer

Check out this wonderful innovation. Be My Eyes is an App for your phone which connects people with low vision to sighted volunteers, all over the world.

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How does it work? It is simple to follow. If you want to help people with low vision you can download the App and then you can respond to requests for help. For example, a person with low vision may not be able to read a label on their medication, but through the App they will use the camera on their phone to show a sighted helper, who could be anywhere in the world, what they cannot see. Our team at McDonald Adams has already signed on ready to help - perhaps you will too?

Be My Eyes began in Aarhus, a small town in Denmark, with one guy who had a great idea. The founder is Hans Jørgen. He is not a software developer. Nor would he describe himself as particularly tech-savvy. He has low vision, trained in philosophy and works as a craftsman. But first and foremost, Hans Jørgen has big ideas and a deep interest in improving society however possible.

Link to this video from the TEDx conference in Copenhagen, and hear Hans Jørgen tell the story of how he came up with the idea for a simple App that has become a small revolution in the world of volunteering:

In the video below you can hear users describe their experience.

Making things easier to see

Poor lighting and small print can be a challenge, even with the best glasses prescription. This is especially true for people with vision impairment. 

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Let us share two helpful solutions. The Daylight Halo magnifier light (see above) is brilliant for fine work / craft. We have one in our workshop which is in daily use for fine repairs on glasses.  If reading is a struggle the magnifying ruler is the perfect tool. We have many other magnifiers, come in and see our selection. 

Getting used to your new progressive lenses

Here are our tips to adjust to new progressive lenses. Progressives can feel a bit different compared to single vision glasses (reading glasses, or driving glasses).

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Keep them on. You may be tempted to switch back and forth between your new and old glasses, but don’t. The more you wear your progressive lenses, the quicker you’ll get used to them. Even if you don’t usually wear any vision correction to look across the room, or your intention is not to use glasses full time, it will help to wear them as much as possible at the beginning.

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Don’t just move your eyes
Moving your eyes around the lens can cause eye strain, headaches and discomfort. Get in the habit of moving your whole head, especially when looking through your far and mid-range prescriptions. You will naturally look down when you are reading.

Position your glasses correctly
Proper alignment will make a difference. Wear your glasses up on your nose and fitting well behind your ears. This improves your field of clear vision and reduces distortion. 

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Be patient
Stick with your new glasses, and you will train your brain to see properly through the lenses, and looking through the different areas of the lens will become a habit. It may take a few weeks, but you will get it! 

Enjoy your new glasses!