It’s the festive season again and there will be the usual round of Xmas parties, office dos and New Year celebrations. 

However, not everybody enjoys the fun.Take contact lens wearers for instance.  Rather than having a good time and enjoying themselves, some worry about worse case scenarios. If you wear the lenses too long your eyes can feel dry. 

If you are planning to stop overnight at the venue you will need to remember to pack a spare pair of lenses.  And woe betides should you forget the cleaning solution or storage case.

Here are some simple dos and don’ts to help contact lens wearers survive the Xmas parties. 

I read a worrying report recently which highlighted the eye health risks for children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy.

Acta Opthalmologica is the official scientific publication for a number of national ophthalmological societies. 

It recently published a report that found that the children of mothers who smoked during pregnancy had a 46% higher risk of developing strabismus than those who did not smoke. It also found that those that smoked 10 or more cigarettes a day had a 79% higher risk of their children developing strabismus.

It is back to school for our children this month and no doubt you have got them equipped with a smart school uniform, sports kit and a new lunch box! 

There is one other thing they are going to need over the coming months, however – good eyesight. It is a fact that children will rarely complain about their eyesight but there are some tell-tale signs to look out for that indicate all is not well.

Have you noticed that your child sits a bit too close to the television?  Has their teacher said they have difficulty reading the blackboard or whiteboard? Do they have a tendency to blink rapidly or are they constantly rubbing their eyes?

These are all indicators of possible problems with their eyesight.The good news is that all children under the age of sixteen are entitled to free eye tests and the NHS recommends regular visits to an ophthalmic practitioner, preferably once a year.  

Dry eye is an unpleasant and irritable condition that occurs when your flow of tears reduces or tears evaporate too quickly. 

This results in the drying out of the sensitive front surface of your eye.There are a variety of causes from lifestyle or health factors and the likelihood of developing dry eye increases as you get older. Our Dry Eye Clinic specialises in dealing with the condition. 

We analyse your specific symptoms by performing simple diagnostic tests to measure your tear flow.  After evaluation we can offer expert advice on how best to treat your symptoms.

We will provide you with an individually tailored Care Plan and invite you to follow up examinations to judge how the treatment is working.

I was surprised to read the results of a recent survey which found that four out of ten people in the UK had difficulty reading their mobile phone or tablet screens.

The survey was commissioned by Acuvue, makers of disposable contact lenses.  2,000 adults aged 45 and over took part in the survey. 

It found that nearly half of them had to hold their devices at arm’s length to allow their eye to focus in order to read them properly. Long-sightedness becomes more common as we grow older and makes it difficult to read small print.