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Cataracts Explained

by: Optometrist Noosa on

(/blog/cataracts_explained) As we age, cataracts become more common. What are Cataracts? Cataracts are a cloudiness that can form in the lens of the eye. Poor vision results because the cloudiness interferes with light entering the eye. Most cataracts are age related, which means the older you get, the more likely you are to develop them. Cataracts may also be present at birth or acquired as a result of disease (such as diabetes), trauma to the eye, exposure to radiation or prolonged use of steroids. Long-term exposure to ultra-violet light is thought to contribute to the develop  ...read more

Protecting Eyes From Sun Exposure

by: Catherine Tromp on

We all know about the dangers of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation, but many of us tend to forget to protect our eyes. Your sun behaviour today will determine your chances of developing eye diseases such as cataracts, cancers and macular degeneration later in life. Types of UV The visible light spectrum extends from 380 to 760 nanometres (nm). Invisible UV radiation extends beyond the violet end of the spectrum, in the shorter wave lengths of 100 to 400nm. It is important to note that part of the UV radiation spectrum actually overlaps with the visible light spectrum betwe  ...read more