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particularly important to be on the look out for vision problems if you suffer from diabetes. Due to the damage caused to blood vessels by the condition, in some cases the retina does not receive the constant supply of healthy blood it needs, eventually leading to permanent sight loss. However, symptoms usually don’t occur for some time, so annual eye screenings are a must if you are diabetic so you can access treatment early and minimise permanent damage.  Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): This painless condition is the primary cause of visual impairment in the UK and occurs when the part of the eye responsible for central vision deteriorates over time. If you have started to experience blurry


Laser Cataract Surgery


A pioneering laser treatment for cataracts recently introduced in the UK has made this common surgical procedure safer and more reliable than ever before. The fi rst Victus Femtosecond Laser was installed by The Centre for Sight in 2012, allowing cataract operations to be performed more accurately and more quickly, reducing the risk of damage to the eye and allowing for a faster healing process. While this treatment is likely to become increasingly common over the coming years, at the moment the procedure has limited availability due to the small number of femtosecond lasers in the UK. Speak to your GP or optician to fi nd out whether laser cataract surgery is available near you.


vision or difficulty reading and recognising people’s faces, you should visit your GP or optometrist as soon as possible who may refer you for treatment. Although there is currently no cure for AMD, early treatment with medication and laser surgery can help to slow down the deterioration taking place.  Cataracts If you are experiencing blurred or misty vision, you could be suffering from cataracts. Cataracts are the cloudy patches that appear in the lens and prevent some of the light from reaching the back of the eye, resulting in blurred vision. Double vision, difficulty looking at bright light and faded colours could all be early signs that you have cataracts. Eventually, many people with cataracts will need surgery to replace the lens


that has been affected.


Lasting Relief


PF DROPS™ Carmellose Sodium 0.5% Preservative Free Eye Drops 10ml, from Moorfi elds, is used to obtain lasting and soothing relief in mild to moderate dry eyes. These drops provide protection against burning, irritation and discomfort associated with ocular dryness or exposure to environmental factors. Supplied in the convenient 10ml multi- dose Ophthalmic Squeeze Dispenser (OSD), which eff ectively prevents microbial contamination of the sterile contents for up to 60 days after fi rst use.


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