Help your Kids with Visual Exam Stress

Exams are underway across South Africa. The promise of summer holidays awaits students – but only once they have completed their gruelling schedule of studying and testing. Like any good parent, many of us do all we can to support our children during this crucial time...

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How Will I Know If I Am Experiencing Hearing Loss?

Summer is upon us! Sunshine, braais, outdoor activities, beach and pool time, socialising, and all-round happiness. Let’s take a look at how to better manage our hearing health by being aware of signs of hearing loss, and knowing when and how to manage them.  ...

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A beautiful day at the Deaf Barista Championship 2019

This is one of the best events of our coffee calendar. To take these incredible baristas out from behind their espresso machines and into the limelight of the Coffee & Chocolate Expo can be incredibly daunting, but everyone took it in their stride and gave...

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Do I Have An Eye Infection or Allergy

DO YOU HAVE AN EYE INFECTION OR AN ALLERGY?   KNOWING WHAT’S CAUSING THE PROBLEM, CAN HELP YOU DECIDE ON TREATMENT  Having itchy uncomfortable eyes is never fun. Irritated red eyes are an annoying condition to go about your day, but could it be a sign of...

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Great Coffee helps to bring Inspired Vision to Life

EXCLUSIVE: Harry Mole shares his WBC2019 experience SCASA's 2019 National Barista Champion, Harry Mole, is back in the country after a much needed break, traveling the good ol' USA and competing at the World Barista Championships in Boston last month. Harry took some...

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Take #ActionAgainstPoverty during #MandelaMonth

The Coffee & Chocolate Africa Expo will observe Deaf Awareness Celebration Day as well as support #ActionAgainstPoverty during the month of Mandela Day, with the Ciro Deaf Barista Competition. Coffee is an almost universally appreciated beverage, regardless of...

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WINTER EYE CARE

Healthy Foods for Eye Care this Winter    Winter is upon us, and with the change in season, we adjust our lifestyles to better suit the chilly climate. This shift brings with it a particular focus on health and nutrition to avoid falling victim to seasonal...

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How Do I Know If I Have Astigmatism – Home Test

Astigmatism is a common refractive error which is easily diagnosed and treated. To get an indication if you have astigmatism, try the quick exercise below: If the lines do not all appear equally dark in the above graphic you most...

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What Is Astigmatism Signs and Symptoms

Astigmatism is a very common refractive error and usually occurs in conjunction with short sightedness or farsightedness. When the lens or the cornea of your eye has an irregular curve/shape, it changes the way light passes through the eye. This makes your vision...

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What does the R90 eye test include?

We check your eye’s health inside and out and tell you how to keep them healthy: We determine your prescription We discuss the lenses most suitable for your eyes And then comes the fun part, we talk frames and fashion Here’s what we do: Discuss your eye health,...

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Choosing the right Multifocal

One of the realities of getting older is that sooner or later our ability to see clearly, especially up close, gets less and less.  This natural aging process is referred to as “presbyopia”. It literally means “old eye” in Greek. Luckily there are lenses available...

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What is Ultraviolet Light: How Does It Effect My Vision?

Ultraviolet light or UV light is a form of electromagnetic radiation that is invisible to the eye. It is invisible to us because its wavelengths are shorter than those of visible light. UV light make up less than 10% of the sun’s total light output and only a fraction...

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National Sunglasses Day

Why Should I Wear UV-Protective Eyewear? We’re all aware of the skin cancer risk due to ultraviolet (UV) exposure, but many don’t consider that those same UV rays can be equally damaging to our eyes, and the sensitive skin around our eyes.  In fact, the more time...

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7 Factors that may give you an eye twitch

Have you ever suffered from a continually twitching eye and you have no idea what caused it or how to stop it? Well here are seven factors that could be causing your eye twitching: 1. Stress Stress is inevitable. We can, however, curb it by giving ourselves a break....

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Hello Square Eyes – Blue Light Alert

Research has shown that more than a third of adults spend about five hours a day on digital devices that emit blue light. Great for technology, But what about our eyes? While the digital boom has given us the convenience of mobility and facts at our fingertips, each...

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Blue light control lenses

Keep the Blue for Mondays Digital media devices have taken the world by storm, and almost everyone is constantly exposed to an information overload. This can occur through work, entertainment or addictive social media, which seems to draw millions of people to...

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Games kids can play to improving their eyesight

There is no denying that many children today suffer from poor vision, as well as eyestrain. But what can you do to help your children? While contacts and glasses are certainly a safe way to ensure your child can see properly, neither of these products fix the...

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Sport vision improving athletic performance

Sports vision testing helps athletes determine how well their eyes perform. These tests go beyond standard eye tests that only evaluate the ability to see letters and objects clearly on a standard eye chart. While sports vision testing can vary...

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7 Ways to save your eyes from smartphone strain

Apart from being slightly addicted to my smartphone, being a writer in the 21st century means spending a ridiculous amount of hours in front of various electronic devices such as laptops, desktops, and tablets etc. none of which are doing my eyes any good. You may...

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How long do your eyes focus while reading

This is always an interesting question, but sometimes tricky to explain. The thing is, we all have different eyes and eye strength. The question is more about what is actually causing weakness of the eyes when reading.  When we read our pupils get smaller which...

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Eye health as you age

Taking care of your body as you age means taking good care of your eyes as well The older we get the more our doctors tell us to take care of our bodies with a healthy diet and lifestyle. In the much the same way, we must also keep an eye on our eyes.  You may be...

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5 Eye care tips for winter

As the heart of winter draws nearer and nearer we often start to realize our eyes are not quite coping as well as they usually do. Below are a few tips to keep those peepers in tip top condition throughout winter.Windproof Your Eyes 1.Windproof Your Eyes The arrival...

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Why do different eye colours exist?

Colour blindness is actually an inaccurate term for colour perception deficiency. It is a lack of perceptual sensitivity to certain colours, and is most commonly due to an inherited condition. The most common form by far is congenital anomalous trichromacy, which,...

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15 amazing facts about eyes

Colour blindness is actually an inaccurate term for colour perception deficiency. It is a lack of perceptual sensitivity to certain colours, and is most commonly due to an inherited condition. The most common form by far is congenital anomalous trichromacy, which,...

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What is colour blindness?

Colour blindness is actually an inaccurate term for colour perception deficiency. It is a lack of perceptual sensitivity to certain colours, and is most commonly due to an inherited condition. The most common form by far is congenital anomalous trichromacy,...

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Do video games actually improve hand-eye coordination?

Until recently, video games were the exclusive domain of people without social lives. However, a number of recent studies show that video games actually have a positive impact on visuomotor control.  What is visuomotor control? Simply put, visuomotor...

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Anti-reflective coatings

WHAT IS ARC Anti-Reflective Coating (or ARC) is a coating applied to the surface of your lenses to reduce reflection. It is basically a thin film applied to the inside and outside of your lenses. These protective films provide physical protection, filter out certain...

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What’s trending in sunglasses

These are the hottest trends spotted at MIDO, the premier eye wear fashion show in Italy Round is noticeably the favourite shape from designers this year. But don’t worry if round doesn’t suit your face shape; there are plenty of other options for you. Lots of...

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The world through animal eyes

Have you ever really given thought to what animals and insects can really see through their lenses? Probably not too much. The reason for that is that we are generally quite aware of our slightly superior visual acuity, which is not far from the truth, however, there...

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How smoking can impact your eyesight

Cigarette smoke is known to be one of the leading causes of preventable death in the world. It causes a whole host of diseases and disorders throughout the body despite being commonly associated only with lung cancer and respiratory conditions. What most people do not...

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Eating for your eyes

We only get one pair of eyes, so it’s important to take good care of them. New research shows what you eat can affect your vision as you age. Add these foods to your diet to boost your eye health.The eyes are vascular, so a heart-healthy diet that’s low in trans and...

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5 Eye care tips for Spring

Seasonal allergies are a real struggle for some. Spring is upon us which for most is very exciting, however many are finding ways to protect themselves from the allergies that crop up during this seasonal change.Below are a few preventative measures one can take to...

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Systane – Comfort, Lubrication and More

Promoting eye health and well beingSystane® is a comprehensive family of eye health solutions from Alcon, a division of Novartis. Our products aid in the relief from symptoms of burning and irritation associated with dry eye, to help improve the quality of people’s...

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Polarized Lenses Explained

Everyone should own a pair of quality polarized sunglasses. Polarized lenses do what no other lens or lens treatment can - block glare. In doing so, polarized lenses can enhance visual acuity, colour contrast and visual comfort, as well as block 100% of harmful UVA...

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Contact lens wear and care

To some, the use of contact lenses may be viewed as a tedious exercise. Getting up every morning and placing two round pieces of plastic-based material onto each eye is a ritual many could do without. For most contact lens users, however, this routine becomes as...

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How to Put Contacts in Your Eyes (for the first time)

How to put in contacts is a question every first-time wearer - or potential wearer - ask.If you’ve never done this before, the application process might sound a little strange at first. After all, our reflexes try to help us keep objects away from our eyes,...

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New ray-ban prescription lenses. Truly yours

PIONEERING STYLE MEETS PIONEERING TECHNOLOGY WITH NEW RAY-BAN PRESCRIPTION LENSES Marrying innovative lens technology with frame design has been the core of the Ray-Ban brand for decades. Ray-Ban is going one step further, offering lenses that allow Ray-Ban lovers to...

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Myopia | or Nearsightedness | in Children

Worldwide studies show an increase in myopia (nearsightedness) in school-aged children. Not only is this is due to genetically inherited issues but, unsurprisingly due to a massive change in their environmental behaviors (American Association of Ophthalmology). We...

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Dry eye syndrome

Do your eyes feel dry, gritty or irritated? Do they water excessively? Do you experience a burning or stinging sensation in your eyes? These are all symptoms of a medical condition called Dry Eye. Although there is no cure, we have the products that can help you find...

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What are tears and why do we cry?

No-one can deny the strong emotional release or the feeling of lightness we experience after we cry, however there are other equally important physical reasons as to why our eyes produce tears. Let’s start by looking at where our tears develop and what exactly they...

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Top Five D·eye·Y Treatments To Love & Pamper Your Eyes

We all suffer from eye puffiness or dark bags under our eyes from time to time, the causes of these symptoms range from water retention to sleep deprivation, they can even be affected from allergies we develop to makeup substances we use on a daily basis. Luckily...

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How to apply and remove your contact lenses

How to apply contact lenses With clean, dry hands, place the contact lens on the tip of your forefinger.Pull down the lower eyelid with the middle or ring finger of the same hand. Then use your other hand to hold the upper eyelid firmly open.Look directly at the...

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6 things you need to know about contact lenses

Just what did we do before the revolutionary discovery of contact lenses? You just pop them into your eyes, and within seconds suddenly the world seems such a beautiful place! With the more recent development of soft and pliable lenses, contact lenses have never been...

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