Road safety starts with good vision

Road safety starts with good vision

Can you believe we are almost at the end of 2020?

Only one month away from your very well-deserved December holiday. Every year the excitement and happiness are tainted by the number of road accidents, leading to death and disability.

This year include “Check my Vision” on your holiday check list.

Road safety starts with good vision. It is the most important sense to take decisions on the road. And 80% of all visual impairments can be prevented or cured.

Why is Your Vision Important in Driving?

90% of driver information is visual. The ability to have good vision is a vital part of driver fitness. A recent study has shown that 1 in every 5 drivers suffers from a vision defect that can affect their driving performance. This is particularly disconcerting as 90% of all critical decisions that drivers make are based on sight.

Having good vision is essential for safe driving and even a slight compromise in your vision affects not only how well you can see objects in the distance, but will negatively affect your reaction time, depth perception, peripheral vision and night time vision.

Warning Signs
– Headaches when driving
– Blurred road signs
– Unsure night vision
– Difficulty judging distance
– Intolerant to glare or light
– Fluctuating Vision
– Scratched spectacle lenses
– Slower reaction time

If you experience any of the above signs, visit your Optometrist at World of Vision at least 2 weeks before your planned holiday.  This will give us enough time to assess your vision and prepare spectacles before you leave. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Driving Tips

  1. If you have trouble seeing in low light, consult your Optometrist to identify any vision problems. You may be a candidate for prescription night-driving glasses, even if you don’t wear glasses during the day.
  2. Ask your eye care professional for glasses with anti-reflective coating which reduce sun or headlight glare, giving you sharper driving vision.
  3. If you suffer from dry-eye syndrome, treat it immediately. This eye condition will cause you to experience light scatter.
  4. Keep your car in sound working condition to eliminate interference with good driving vision. Clean your headlights, windows and mirrors before driving at night. Use your window defoggers in bad weather. Drive slowly and turn on your high-beam headlights in dark areas when there is no danger of interfering with other drivers’ vision.
  5. Contact lenses provide you with a natural and unobstructed view of the road along with fewer distortions to enhance your seeing and driving ability.

Don’t risk you and your families and other road user’s safety, book your appointment today!

Remember, you might still have medical aid Optical benefits for 2020.  If you don’t use it wisely, you might miss out.

Focus on your child’s future – Their visual ability is crucial for school, sport and play Free school readiness screenings October and November 2020

Focus on your child’s future – Their visual ability is crucial for school, sport and play Free school readiness screenings October and November 2020

At World of Vision Optometrists, we strive to achieve the best developmental platform for all children, both on the sports field and in the classroom.  We do our best to ensure that we provide children with all the tools to assist them to perform at their best.  World of Vision Optometrists offers comprehensive visual assessments, corrective and preventative vision solutions.

At least 80 % of what children learn, comes through their eyes.  Vision problems can adversely affect school achievement, sporting ability and social integration.

Today’s children make full use of digital devices, be it for education or leisure. They spend more time doing “near work” such as texting, playing games and watching videos or movies on cell phones.  Prolonged near work can increase visual strain and incidence of nearsightedness. With the added emittance of blue light from screens, their visual systems are exposed to a far greater demand than in the past.

The following signs may be an indication of underlying visual problems:

Near vision:
Holds the book too close or too far from eyes
Frequently changes the distance at which book is held
Blinks frequently
Frequently loses place on page
Confuses words, syllables or letters
Tilts head to one side
Stops reading after a short period of time
Use finger as marker when reading
Lack of comprehension
Headaches and eye pain
Poor concentration

Distance Vision:
Squint eyes and screw up face to see clearly
Bends head forward while looking up at the object
Use head movements to follow an object
Seems to lose concentration when things are explained on board
Closing or covering of one eye
Sensitivity to light
Sitting too close to the TV

Set aside a half an hour, ensure peace of mind for yourself and help build the foundation for your child’s academic achievement in future!

Don’t wait! Play an active role in assessing your child’s vision. We offer free school readiness screenings October and November 2020.

BOOK an appointment today – call 012 653 2288 or email centurion@worldofvision.co.za

Eye care tips for summer

Eye care tips for summer

Summer is here, and so is the harsh sun that can damage your eyes. Now is the time to ensure that you take good care of your eyes and protect them properly.

Below are some useful tips that can help protect your eyes this summer.

Wear Sunglasses
Wear sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection or ones that are polarised. Larger framed glasses are better as the large frame blocks out more UV rays. On cloudy days, it is recommended to wear sports sunglasses. Don’t let the clouds deceive you, UV rays are still hurting your eyes. Sunglasses get scratched easily, or you lose them without realising, so always keep a second pair of sunglasses handy.

Wear a hat or a sun visor
For extra protection, make sure you wear a hat. The wider the brim, the more your eyes are shaded from UV rays. That hat is an additional barrier between you and the sun’s rays.

Stay hydrated
Dehydration can affect your eyes. When you are dehydrated, your body can’t produce tears which lead to dry eye symptoms and other vision problems. It is extremely important to keep your skin and eyes hydrated. Drink at least 2 liters of water every day.

Avoid midday sun
If possible, stay indoors between 10:00 and 15:00. The sun’s rays are at their strongest during this time. Need to go outside? Make sure you are wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection or polarised glasses, which help reduce the glare from the bright sun.

Wear goggles when you swim
Protect your eyes from pool chemicals. The amount of chlorine in a pool can be harmful to your eyes. Make sure you wear goggles when you go for a dip in the pool. Goggles will also help keep other bacteria entering your eyes that can cause infections. While we are discussing pools, we recommend that your remove your contact lenses before getting into the water.

Wash your hands
Wash your hands on a regular basis to protect yourself from the spread of disease. Germs come into contact with your eyes when you rub them with dirty hands; these germs can cause infections. However, if possible, avoid rubbing your eyes even with clean hands.

Eat healthy
What you eat can affect your eyesight. You need to eat foods that are rich in nutrients that improve eyesight and help prevent the development of long-term vision eye problems. Eat plenty leafy greens, carrots, citrus fruits, fish that are rich in omega 3 and nuts and seeds

Use Eye Drops
Despite your best efforts to keep your eyes healthy and moist, you might need eye drops to minimise discomfort from dry eyes. When your eyes are dry, they become more sensitive to light and vision could become blurry. Any eye that is not lubricated is more susceptible to scratches and infections.

So, if you are going to the beach this summer or lying by the pool catching the sunny rays, make sure you have your sunglasses, hat and water bottle. Look after your eyes this summer.

Teach your child healthy eye care:
UV protection for their eyes are just as important as UV protection for their skins.  Make sure they wear a hat and good sunglasses when exposed to the sun!

Encourage them to follow a balanced diet and drink enough water.

Effect of increased digital device usage due to COVID-19

Effect of increased digital device usage due to COVID-19

Over the last 2 months the Optometrists at World of Vision Optometrist have seen an increase in near sightedness among school going children. The COVID-19 has meant schools across the globe have closed and over 1.2 billion children no longer in the classroom, with many learning online instead.

BLUE LIGHT IS EVERYWHERE.

During the COVID -19 worldwide pandemic, our digital world has expanded more than ever. From work to school to spare time, we are all using some sort of digital device for long hours every day and we are bombarded by blue-light from these man-made sources.
Research suggests that this cumulative and constant exposure to blue light can damage our eyes, specifically the retina cells. There is expected to be an increase in the number of patients at risk for macular degeneration in the coming decades.

SYMPTOMS

Eye Strain
Because your eyes are working extra hard to cope with the blue light, you begin to experience eye strain. Over sustained periods, the exposure can contribute to long-term vision issues such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Headaches/ Migraines
Headache is a common symptom that is caused from too much stress on the eyes. Blue light emissions from digital screens increases the stress on your eyes. If you already suffer from light sensitivity, exposure to blue light can trigger migraines.

Blurry Vision
Whether it is a school paper, work spreadsheet or detailed graphic design project you are working on, it is easy to lose track of time as you are focused to get the work done. However, not giving your eyes a proper break from screen time can lead to blurry vision as our natural eye’s filters are not fit for blocking blue light.

Apart from the effects of Blue light on the eyes, prolonged near focusing can initiate, increase or cause pseudo-myopia (Near sightedness) or fixed myopia (Near sightedness). Nearsightedness means your distance vision is reduced and you struggling to see objects at a distance clearly.

Pseudo-myopia (near-induced transient myopia) is transient and not real, in that it would just go away if you stopped the excessive close-up focus.

Fixed myopia usually has a hereditary component. Prolonged near work can initiate or increase fixed myopia earlier than it would have developed/increase without the sustained exposure.

Dry Eyes
Another common symptom associated with prolong exposure to blue light screens is dry eyes. With prolonged concentration on a screen we tend to blink less frequently, causing scratchy, red teary eyes.

Inability to Focus
Due to eye strain, chronic headaches, dry eyes and sustained concentration it makes it more difficult to stay focused while working on your computer or phone for long periods of time. You have deadlines to meet, and we get that, but it’s also important to keep your body in check in order to stay focused.

Disrupts Sleep Pattern
A common habit before bed is checking emails or catching up on social media. However, at night, blue light disrupts our circadian rhythm, the natural release of hormones (melatonin). The blue light tricks our brain into believing that it is daytime, which makes falling asleep more difficult and lowers our sleep quality. Circadian disruption produces serious downstream effects including increase in obesity and depression.

How do I protect my eyes?

  •  Have your eyes tested to detect any form of eyestrain.
  • Use spectacles with specialised blue control anti-reflective properties. At World of Vision Optometrists, you can have Crizal
  • Prevencia anti-reflective coating on your new prescribed spectacles or plano over the counter ready-made blue control glasses.
  • Specialized myopia control spectacle lenses can be prescribed by your Optometrist to endeavor to reduce the rapid increase of myopia or pseudo-myopia.
  • Use lubricant eye drops to keep your eyes moist, your Optometrist at World of Vision will advise you on which eyedrops are most suitable to you.
  • Take frequent breaks from your screen, even if it’s only looking away from your screen at a distant object (2m or further)for a couple of seconds. This gives your accommodation system a chance to relax and break the pattern of over focusing.
  • Refrain from using your digital device at least 2 hours before bedtime.

World of Vision Optometrist belongs to Essilor’s select Expert group of Optometrists, allowing us access to their technologically advanced products, including Crizal Prevencia lenses, Myopialux and Eyezen lenses.

Book an appointment today for expert advise on all your eye and visual concerns.

Call 012 653 2288 or email centurion@worldofvision.co.za

Why wait 2 to 3 weeks for your spectacles or contact lenses?

Why wait 2 to 3 weeks for your spectacles or contact lenses?

World of Vision Optometrists

Why wait 2 to 3 weeks for your spectacles or contact lenses? At World of Vision you no longer have to.

We have an onsite Optical laboratory where we offer a same-day service, and can fill almost any optical prescription.

What does this mean to our customers?

– We have Optical technicians on-site in the practice at all times.
– Most repairs on spectacles and sunglasses can be done while you wait.
– Cutting out the middleman saving you time and money.

Same day service – We can supply most optical prescriptions on the same day you tested your eyes. Our state-of-the-art optical laboratory allows us to manufacture bifocal and multi focal lenses with or without tinting on site, usually within 3 hours.

We stock a wide range of single vision lenses, clear and with anti-reflective coatings, which can be fitted into your own or new frames within 20 minutes. If we cannot make your lenses onsite, we order them from Essilor SA, with whom we have a relationship of more than 15 years. As long-standing customers, we belong to Essilor’s elite EXPERT group of Optometrists, which gives us and you quicker delivery times and more extensive guarantees on their products.

At World of Vision Optometrists, we buy our contact lenses directly from the biggest contact lens wholesalers in South Africa. We stock a wide range of contact lens trials in most brands, including monthly, daily, toric and multifocal disposable contact lenses.

Our favourite brand of single vision monthly disposable contact lenses, Biofinity, are kept in store. Unless you have an extra ordinary prescription, trials and boxes are received within 48 hours of ordering.

Don’t delay, make an appointment by calling us 012 653 2288 or sending an email to centurion@worldofvision.co.za to experience our World of Vision, where we value your time.

Easy Ways to Care for Your Eyes this Spring

Easy Ways to Care for Your Eyes this Spring

Spring is finally here! As we bid Winter farewell, keep in mind that the year is drawing to a quick end. Remember to make use of your medical aid’s optometric benefits if you have not yet done so in 2020 and miss the end of the year rush.

With the biggest selection of Vogue, RayBan, Oakley and many more exciting eye wear in Centurion, we are sure you’ll find something to complement your spring wardrobe.

Easy Ways to Care for Your Eyes this Spring

Invest in a good pair of sunglasses: Proper UV protection is crucial for your eye’s health. In addition to blocking out harmful UV rays the correct sunglass lenses can enhance your vision in many ways. Polarized lenses eliminate glare. Light enters the lenses only from a certain direction/angle, blocking light reflecting off surfaces around you. This means no more glare from the tar surface of the road, the car approaching you or water surfaces.

Enhancing your driving and outdoor adventures
Different coloured lenses absorbs different spectrums of visible light and each has their own unique properties and advantages.

At World of Vision our Optometrists and Dispensing staff have the knowledge to guide you to select a pair of sunglasses that not only suit your looks but also your unique lifestyle.

Eye allergies: Spring not only brings warmer weather but dreaded allergies too!
Eye allergies are characterized by red, itchy, watery eyes that are caused by the same irritants that cause sneezing and a runny nose among seasonal allergy sufferers. If you think you have eye allergies, here are a few things you should know – including helpful tips on how to get relief from your red, itchy, watery eyes.

What causes eye allergies
Allergens are normally harmless substances that cause problems for individuals who are predisposed to allergic reactions. The most common airborne allergens that cause eye allergies are pollen, mold, dust and pet dander. Eye allergies also can be caused by reactions to certain cosmetics or eye drops, including artificial tears used for treating dry eyes that contain preservatives. Food allergies and allergic reactions to bee stings or other insect bites typically do not affect the eyes as severely as airborne allergens do.

Eye allergy relief – To get relief from your eye allergies and itchy, watery eyes, you can take a few approaches:

Avoid allergens
The best approach to controlling your eye allergy symptoms is to do everything you can to limit your exposure to common allergens that you know you are sensitive to. If staying indoors all the time is not an option, wear wraparound sunglasses to help shield your eyes from pollen, ragweed, etc., and drive with your windows closed.

Remove your contacts
Because the surface of contact lenses can attract and accumulate airborne allergens, consider wearing glasses instead of contacts during allergy season. Or consider switching to daily disposable contacts that you discard after a single use preservatives.

When you do go outdoors during allergy season, wear wraparound sunglasses to help shield your eyes.

Your Optometrist at World of Vision can quickly identify eye allergies and recommend the best eye drops and treatment plan to follow.

Enjoy Spring!