Don’t go into the new year with blurry vision.  Get your eyes tested & update your prescription & if you are growing your moustache for **Movember, get a stylish new frame & lenses to compliment your new look.  

You’ve had your glasses for years, and you still think you can see perfectly clear out of them after all this time. Although you think you may be able to see just fine, there could be changes in your vision that you haven’t even noticed. But here is how you can tell when you need a new prescription for your glasses:-

Headaches 
People usually fail to associate their recurring headaches to a change in their vision – one of the earliest signs of change. Your brain will work hard to try and correct the vision problem, but in doing so it uses too much energy and wears itself out – resulting in a headache.

Squinting
If you are constantly squinting it usually means you have a problem seeing clearly. Squinting is a natural way to improve focus and clarity.  When you’re squinting, you end up excessively straining your eye, making your vision problems even worse.

Eye Fatigue
If you are eyes are feeling fatigued or strained, you may be experiencing one of the clearest signs that your vision has changed. Eye fatigue or strain can be caused by a number of factors, ranging from how much sleep you’re getting to seasonal allergies.

Blurred Vision
A sudden or occasional blur of vision, accompanied by a loss of focus, means you are experiencing blurred vision. This can occur in one or both of the eyes, and can be due to a severe change in your vision.

Old Glasses
Even if your prescription did not change, spectacle lenses are cleaned everyday, typically by rubbing the lens surfaces with a cloth. This cause normal wear en tear and fine scratches on the surface degrading the optical purity of your vision. Changing your lenses sharpens your focus and optical quality. Frames are also subject to normal wear and tear and often gets bend causing discomfort and headaches. Spoil yourself with a fresh look on life from time to time.

If you are experiencing any of these five signs, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.  Make full use of your medical aid benefits before the end of the and get a fresh new look for 2019.

**Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. 


Malaria and Traumatic Brain Injury

We often think about vision as being simply what we see. However, vision also includes how our brains make sense of what we see.  Vision also helps other systems in the body work well. These include the systems for thinking and moving. When the visual system isn’t working properly, there can be a wide-ranging impact on our daily living activities. TBI can affect your vision by damaging parts of the brain involved in visual processing and/or perception.

Traumatic brain injury is not only caused by strokes, accidents or tumours.  Degenerative diseases such as Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis also poses a threat to brain health.  Infectious diseases such as Meningitis, Lyme disease and Malaria can have a serious and life-threatening impact on the brain.

Cerebral malaria is the most severe neurological complication of infection with Plasmodium falciparum malaria.   If parasite-filled blood cells block small blood vessels to your brain (cerebral malaria), swelling of your brain or brain damage may occur. Mortality is high and some surviving patients sustain brain injury which manifest as long-term neuro-cognitive impairments.

It has become clearer that many survivors of cerebral malaria sustain brain injury, and 25 % have long-term neurologic and cognitive deficits. There have also been reports of behaviour difficulties and mental health disorders in cerebral malaria exposed children. These included inattentiveness, hyperactivity, impulsive, and aggressive behaviour, which disrupts normal childhood development.

Lingering symptoms of concentration loss, disorientation, fatigue, balance issues, headache and blurred vision are all indications that you need a neuro vision assessment.

Read more about Neuro Vision Rehabilitation by visiting our sister-website Eyemind Inc

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