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Vision problems, the symptoms

Decreased visual acuity, black spot in the eye, red or watery eyes, these visual symptoms cannot be taken lightly. Note that 3 consultations with an optician result may reveal a much more serious pathology. You are reluctant to go see an ophthalmologist? This article will give you tips and can make you change your mind.

Symptoms that should be causes for concern

If your eyesight starts to change suddenly, we strongly recommend that you go for a consultation. Here are some symptoms that should alert you:

Decreased visual acuity, this may be due to retinal detachment;

Deformation of the lines, an inevitable sign of AMD, that is, age-related Macular Degeneration;

The appearance of blackheads which can be the result of a hole in the retina or in very rare cases, retinal detachment;

Diplopia or double seeing, which may be due to a vascular or even neurological problem.

Eye disease, who are the people at risk?

Some people are more likely to have eye disease than others. This can be due to multiple factors, such as a family history (genetics), the environment, the effect of blue light on the eyes, bad habits like smoking or a bad eating habit. Those who suffer from diabetes also fall prey to eye diseases, because with poorly treated diabetes they can easily develop retinopathy.

Age is also a significant factor. Children under 3 years old should be closely monitored and should see an eye specialist at least once before entering kindergarten. The elderly are just as likely to suffer from eye diseases, such as cataracts or age-related macular degeneration.

When to consult and what are the treatments available?

Treatments for vision diseases are numerous and vary depending on the origin of the disease. If the vision disorder is benign such as myopia, presbyopia or astigmatism, wearing suitable glasses and contact lenses may be sufficient. In other more serious cases it may be necessary to have surgical treatment, for example for cataracts.

It is best to consult an eye specialist. The latter can do a full examination. If you have symptoms such as difficulty reading near or far, that you have headaches, if your vision suddenly becomes blurry or dark, an ophthalmologist can advise you and guide you on the procedure to follow.

Do you have any of these symptoms? You can go to one of our branches for a consultation Our team is dynamic and will advise and guide you if you suffer from a visual impairment.

Seniors: wear suitable glasses

A large number of elderly people do not wear glasses adapted to their vision. According to a study by the Journal of the American medical association (Jama), 4 out of 10 seniors wear unsuitable glasses. Often for financial reasons, seniors tend to neglect their visual health, even though they are often the most affected. However, almost half of the elderly people concerned could have improved eyesight thanks to corrections adapted to their disorders, whether it be myopia, astigmatism or farsightedness.

 

Greater dependence on vision problems

Eyesight problemsare disabling on a daily basis. As we get older, we are more at risk and we may find ourselves in a situation of daily dependence. Indeed, a significant drop in vision prevents the person concerned from making certain usual gestures such as driving for example. However, many older people continue to wear unsuitable glasses. Whatever the reasons, financial or otherwise, wearing unsuitable glasses is not without consequences. In addition to the risk of falling, quality of life is affected, as are activities of daily living, which can also lead to depression due to isolation.

 

How to choose your eyeglasses well ?

The most important aspect of choosing new lenses should not be overlooked: the type of correction. Thus, in case of presbyopia, it would be necessary to bring two pairs of glasses, to see near and far. Otherwise, we should favor bifocals, or progressive glasses, more modern and aesthetic.

 

The aesthetic side

Another criteria that comes into consideration is the frame. Shape, color, the aesthetic aspect could encourage the elderly to put aside their old frames in favor of a more suitable pair. So, it is advisable to favor light colors when you get older because too dark frames tend to harden the look. Then, of course, you have to choose a pair of glasses according to the shape of your face.

 

Do not hesitate to ask your optician for advice. It will help you find a pair of glasses that are perfectly suited, both medically and aesthetically. You will be offered a large choice of frames, depending on your budget or simply your preferences.

 

Coronavirus, how to take care of your eyes during this confinement period?

We are currently lockdown. We would like to salute the hospital staff and all those who find themselves working so that the Covid-19 does not spread.

 

Besides, it is strictly forbidden to go out under penalty of having to pay a fine or even ending up in a cell. Go out only to go to the pharmacy or for other very urgent things!

 

If you are sick, or think you have contracted the virus, do not go out! You must call the number available to you for a qualified team to take care of you.

 

 

To contribute to this national appeal, here is how to protect your eyes in this period of crisis:

 

It is perfectly normal to want to spend time watching television, consulting your laptop or being at your computer. Not to mention the video calls to reach relatives, also confined to the house and therefore available for a conversation. Not to mention the video calls to reach relatives, also confined to the house and therefore available for a conversation. Here are some activities to do during this confinement period:

 

  • Favor board games
  • story telling
  • Coloring or painting

 

In fact, too many screens during the confinement period also result in tired eyes, red eyes or even headaches. If you have no other choice, if you are working from home for example, we advise you to:

 

  • Wear blue light glasses
  • Lower the brightness of your screens
  • Take breaks every two hours. Remember to take breaks regularly while playing the 20/20 game: look away for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes.

 

When we spend more time indoors, we demand more of our near vision. It is one of the factors for the development of myopia in children. To limit the development of myopia in children and preserve their visual health in the long term, the ideal is of course to encourage outdoor activities. In addition, children will be able to fill up with vitamin D favorable for good eye health.

 

Simple steps to protect your health and that of those around you

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough or sneeze into the elbow or into a tissue
  • Use and dispose of single-use tissues
  • Greet without shaking hands, no hugs

 

Also note that the mask to protect yourself from the virus is only effective at around 75%. Why ? Only the nose and mouth are protected and not the eyes! It is therefore also essential to protect your eyes with a few simple gestures,

 

  • Avoid touching your eyes;
  • Clean your glasses with the lens cleaner;
  • Cover your eyes, if possible, when you go out.

 

COVID-19 can then be contracted if you touch contaminated objects or surfaces and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Covid-19 can also be spread through the eye secretions of someone infected with the virus. So be very careful.

 

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

 

Affected individuals may experience the following symptoms:

  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • fever
  • breathing difficulties (severe cases)

 

Also note that some researchers have revealed another symptom, conjunctivitis. This is what the American Academy of Ophthalmology said in a statement. The coronavirus could therefore cause this inflammation of the eye, and can be transmitted by aerosol contact with the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that covers the inside of the eyelids.

 

Patel Optics wholeheartedly supports those affected by this disease, as well as their loved ones.

Eye health, are some eye diseases irreversible?

As you probably know, the eyes are one of the most important organs in the human body. In some cases, some eye diseases can be treated and cured, however, be aware that this is not always the case. We will discover in this article 3 eye diseases that cannot be treated.

 

Glaucoma, an irreversible loss of vision

 

Glaucoma is an eye disease and the risk of developing it increases with age. It is a damage to the optic nerve that is characterized by high pressure inside the eye. The best is to get tested from the age of 50. People with myopia, people who have glaucoma in their family are the ones who are most affected. It is very often hereditary and having glaucoma with your parents or grandparents increases the risk by five to ten.

 

We cannot speak of a cure for glaucoma. It is however possible to stabilize the eye disease. There are also advances in glaucoma, but the operation is difficult and even involves risks. However, if a person with glaucoma has lost their sight, there is unfortunately no way to find them. Open-angle glaucoma is incurable, but since it is more and more easily controlled, it is called “chronic”.

 

Age-related macular degeneration, incurable?

 

Macular degeneration leads to a progressive and sometimes significant loss of central vision, which becomes more and more blurred. Macular degeneration mainly affects people aged 55 and over. There is also an inherited form of this disease, which is transmitted by genes: Stargardt disease. It occurs during childhood or adolescence.

 

In the case of dry AMD, many people will maintain good vision for their entire lives or gradually lose their central vision. This form of macular degeneration is incurable. On the other hand, one can slow down its evolution by taking certain antioxidant vitamins and practicing physical exercise.

 

Pigmentary retinopathies, still no treatment

 

Pigmentary retinopathy is genetic and is characterized by the transformation of light signals into nerve impulses. The earliest sign is then a decrease in night vision. Over time, the tasks, which first lead to partial amputations of the visual field (scotomas) invade the entire retina and blindness can become complete.

 

The treatment of retinitis pigmentosa is limited today to visual aids (magnifying optical systems) which allow for a long time to lead an almost normal life.

 

Do you want to know more about eye diseases? Visit one of our branches, notably at Rose Hill, Triolet, Beau Bassin or even Port Louis. You will receive the full attention of our highly qualified team.

Sunglasses, our selection for this summer

The essential element for each self-respecting fashionista is of course, a pair of sunglasses! Know that you can use this accessory as often as you want especially since we are in summer. Besides its fashionable appearance, sunglasses also serve to protect one of the main organs of the human body, notably the eyes.

 

On the other hand, there are several styles, shapes and the most popular brands of glasses are given to heart to make you happy. Find below our selection of sunglasses for this summer. You can find them in all our branches, notably in Rose Hill, Port Louis, Triolet and Beau Bassin.

 

Vogue Eyewear sunglasses

Indeed, this selection is specially dedicated for women who wish to highlight their daring side, their self-confidence and above all bring out their beauty on a daily basis.

 

 

Ray-Ban, the most popular eyewear brand in the world

 

A true pioneer in the field of eyewear, Ray-Ban has forged an unrivaled reputation. These iconic sunglasses are a statement of belonging, style and attitude. Get inspired by new shapes and concepts of sunglasses for men and women, in different materials, styles and colors.

 

 

Sunglasses, more than just an accessory

 

Setting the sun for 10 to 15 seconds is enough to damage the eyes. Among the most harmful to eye health, UV rays can cause permanent damage to the retina. UV rays actually increase the risk of cataracts and AMD (age-related macular degeneration). In addition, the skin of the eyelids and around the eye is thinner and therefore more fragile, it is much more sensitive to dryness and skin cancer.

 

Do you want to buy one of these pairs? Visit one of our branches. Other sunglasses are also to be discovered!

 

How to choose glasses according to the shape of the face

Many of you wear eyeglasses… round, square, cat-eye, there are many styles of glasses. But do you know which pair of glasses will suit you best? Do you know the shape of your face? We tell you everything in this article…

 

What is the shape of your face?

 

First, you need to know what is the shape of your face, the size of your nose and the width of your eyes. Besides, know that there are 7 basic forms, here they are:

 

  • Round and full face

 

It is advisable to opt for a rectangular or square pair in order to refine the shape of your face. Round or oval glasses tend to blend with the shape of an equally round face.

 

  • Oval face

 

If you have an oval face, you are lucky because the proportions of the latter are balanced. Therefore, you can afford to wear everything, round glasses, square, cat’s eye, rectangular among others.

 

  • Lower base triangle face

 

If you have a fairly small forehead, and your cheeks and chin are wider, you have a triangular face with a lower base. In this case, choose thick frames, with bright colors to accentuate the eyes and rebalance it all.

 

  • Upper base triangular face

 

You will understand, in this case it is the forehead which is wider than the rest of the face. So opt for a pair of glasses with thin rounded frames and made of light materials. Avoid strong colors and favor pastel colors.

 

  • Rectangular face

 

We are talking here of a rather long and not very broad face. The cat eye style will delight you. You can also opt for frames with patterns or several colors. You will need to avoid rectangular glasses which will tend to harden your face.

 

  • Square face

 

If you have a strong jaw and a broad forehead, the shape of your face is square. Opt for geometric shapes while avoiding the square, or soften your face with an oval or round frame.

 

  • Rhombus face

 

This form is very rare, where the line of the eye and the jaw is narrow with wide cheekbones. Invest in frameswith geometric shapes, or even in cat or butterfly eye. This choice will allow you to soften your features at the cheekbones.

 

What other elements to consider?

 

Consideration should also be given to eye spacing, including:

 

  • For wide-eyed, opt for a dark color on the deck;
  • Eyes close together, a small or light colored bridge

 

Also know that you must follow a paramount rule: Make sure that the top of the frame is just below your eyebrows, these are the very soul of your personality, they are the lines of expression , it would be a shame to hide them. Besides, if it is, it will not be very beautiful to see.

 

Maybe you need more advice? Visit one of our branches, notably in Port-Louis, Rose Hill, Beau Bassin or even Triolet. Our experts will be happy to advise you in the choice of your prescription glasses.

Eye health, 3 tips to protect your eyes

We will never stop saying it, taking care of your body is also taking care of your eyes! These are indeed one of the most important organs of the human body, and that is why we must take care of them. Discover 3 tips to protect your eyes on a daily basis and to maintain good eye health.

 

Eye health, watch out for blue lights

 

Many people work in front of a screen all day. It is therefore very important to protect yourself against blue lights which can have harmful effects such as eye fatigue or age-related macular degeneration.

 

It is important to wear blue light goggles. Also, lower the brightness of your screen and take small breaks to rest your eyes!

 

Eyes, stay hydrated and eat well!

 

Just as every organ needs water, the eye also needs to hydrate. Make sure you drink enough water every day for good eye health. It is also important to stock up on vitamin. Incorporate vegetables and foods rich in omega-3, zinc and lutein into your diet.

 

A good night’s sleep, for good eye health

 

Did you know that yawning is used to moisten and cleanse the eyes? Convenient isn’t it? Blinkingalso has this ability, so don’t hesitate to use it! To take care of your eyes, it is also advisable to sleep at least 7 hours a night.

Have you ever felt dryness or itchy eyes after too short a night? These symptoms are those of eyestrain! In fact, just like you, your eyes need rest to be healthy.

 

Do you need advice and advice from an eye specialist? Visit one of our branches, notably in Port-Louis, Rose Hill, Triolet or Beau Bassin. Our team is specially qualified to provide you with all the information you need for good eye health!

 

 

 

 

Dark circles, how to get rid of them ?

Who does not know these annoyances of a bad night, tiredness or stress? Dark circles are unsightly and weigh down the eyes. You are probably wondering why they appear? There are many of you who have dark circles every day even after a good night’s sleep. So, what is the cause and how to cure it?

 

What are dark circles?

 

Dark circles are signs of fatigue and aging. They appear around the eyes, and are black, blue or even purple with also the congestion of the eyelids. Dark circles are the result of multiple factors, including fatigue and stress but not only. Indeed, there are different types of dark circles, and each type can be the result of different factors.

 

Types of dark circles:

 

Dark circles, (because they are black or brown): the skin below the eye is very thin, and the excess of melanin pigment is very visible. The origin of dark circles are multiple, poor lifestyle (alcohol, tobacco, lack of sleep). This type of dark circles most often appears in people with dark or dark skin. This is the most common case in Mauritius.

 

Blue circles are caused by a dysfunction of the blood and lymphatic circulation. Over time or for genetic reasons, the microcirculation of the lower eyelid becomes less efficient and tends to pigment. This poor circulation is often accompanied, with age, by a thinning of the skin, which makes dark circles more visible, and by a lack of collagen, which reduces them less. The lymphatic system can also be a cause. This circulation problem can come from age, chronic fatigue or even a genetic cause.

 

Dark circles occur after blue pigmentation of the lower eyelid. They can appear if you rub your eyes too much or are the result of a lack of iron.

 

Dark circles: the fat in the lower eyelid disappears and you can then see the orbital bone.

 

Other factors are also bile or liver problems that can cause dark circles under the eyes. If you suffer from constipation or poor elimination, the varnishes can turn green. Hormonal disturbances such as periods, pregnancy or even menopause can also cause the appearance of dark circles. Age is also a trigger. As we age, the skin becomes thinner and lets the blood vessels that cause dark circles pigmentation appear more easily.

 

How to treat dark circles?

 

  1. Take care of your eyes by limiting the time spent on your computer or phone. If you have no other choice, you can lower the brightness of the latter and wear suitable lenses against the effects of blue light.
  2. Rest your eyes by going to bed earlier.
  3. Adopt a healthy lifestyle, avoid large meals, consume alcohol and tobacco.
  4. Remove make-up to let your skin breathe
  5. Hydrate yourself with the right product in terms of face care, concealer and also, massage your eye contours.
  6. Hide your dark circles with concealer until the ideas below take effect.

 

Do you need a pair of anti-glare glasses? Visit one of our branches, including Port-Louis, Triolet, Beau Bassin and Rose Hill to get one. Our team is highly qualified to advise you.

Patel Optics, tailor-made services

Patel Optics is the Number 1 optician in Mauritius, whether for quality frames or sunglasses or for an eye exam, we promise to give you the best service possible. Discover our tailor-made services.

 

An eye exam at Patel Optics

 

Eye exams are used to determine a person’s visual acuity for each eye. Therefore, to know if the vision is correct, from near and far. The tests are done using white visual acuity tables with black letters and numbers or with opening rings decreasing in size from top to bottom which will be placed in front of the eye. An eye exam at Patel Optics takes an average of 10 to 20 minutes and can be done as from 4 years old. The tests will also include:

 

  • Studies of your genes and your visual needs: reading, computer, distance, driving.
  • Optometry exam and your binocular vision.
  • Determination of your optimal prescription according to your specific needs.
  • Discussion on the additional equipment needed: sunglasses, computer glasses.
  • Eye motility check
  • Eye health check.

 

Pathology screening

 

With age and aging, eye diseasesare more and more present, which is why screening for pathology is important, especially if there is a history of eye diseases in the family. This examination therefore helps to prevent eye diseases such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy. It is however important not to confuse visual defects and ocular pathologies. Thanks to pathology screening at Patel Optics, our specialists will be able to:

 

  • Screening for cataracts
  • Measure eye pressure (glaucoma screening)
  • Observe your retina under the microscope or by camera (glaucomascreening, macular degeneration, diabetic or hypertensive retinopathy, etc.)
  • Screen for Keratoconus
  • Take a color test: Ishihara test

 

An eye exam is also important because it will determine if you have cataracts, retinal or corneal disease, or glaucoma.

 

Visual rehabilitation in children

 

Children’s eyes do not develop at the same frequency as those of adults. The goal is to detect strabismus which is a lack of parallelism of the visual axes or to reduce visual fatigue by increasing muscle capacity and elasticity. Exercises should therefore be performed during the sessions as well as between sessions. Better results are seen in children and young adults.

 

  • Quantity: between 3 and 8 sessions depending on the problem
  • Frequencies: every 6 months if necessary
  • Treatment for: strabismus, visual fatigue, lack of concentration, itchy, watery eyes, headaches.

 

Repair and adjustment of your frames

 

Our team is at your disposal for any adjustment and repair work on your frames. We offer these services on site and without an appointment and in addition cleaning is free. Do not hesitate to visit one of our branches, including Triolet, Port Louis, Beau Bassin and Rose Hill. In serious cases, our professionals will guide you and offer you the possible options. We also assure you that your request will be processed as quickly as possible.

 

Trust us and contact us to take advantage of our tailor-made services. Patel Optics is also the benchmark in eyewear and ophthalmology. A dedicated and qualified team will be at your disposal.

Visual impairment what consequence?

More than 5% of the population in Mauritius may suffer from visual impairment. The latter, if early, can cause irreversible damage to the child’s visual development. What is visual deficit? What consequences on vision? Find out everything in this article.

 

What is visual impairment?

 

Visual impairment is defined as all disorders linked to poor vision functioning, in particular with regard to the visual field, or visual acuity.

 

We can distinguish two categories of visual impairment:

 

  • Blind people with blindness whose corrected visual acuity is less than or equal to 1/20
  • The visually impaired, suffering from amblyopia, whose visual acuity after correction of the best eye is between 4/10 and 1/10.

 

The WHO(World Health Organization) recognizes 4 stages of visual functions including:

 

  1. Normal vision
  2. Moderate impairment
  3. Severe impairment
  4. Blindness

 

The consequences of a visual impairment

 

These 4 stages have multiple consequences on visual function such as:

 

  • Reading or writing;
  • Medium distance vision;
  • Communication, near or medium distance
  • Space assessment
  • Visual attention

Blindness is the most serious consequence of visual impairment, as it represents a total lack of vision.

 

The origins of visual impairment:

 

47.9% of the visual impairment is caused by cataracts;

12.3% by glaucoma;

8.7% by age-related macular degeneration;

4.8 by diabetic retinopathy and

3.6% by blindness in children.

 

Discover all the visual diseases through our weekly articles. We will give you advice, and the signs that can alert you. Visit one of our branches if you want the advice of one of our professionals.