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My Grade 4 child had Amblyopia/Lazy eye.

When we first met Miss C, she was only booked in for a routine eye examination simply because her brother was having an eye test. No one suspected that she might have an eye problem. Much to both mum’s, mine and Miss C’s surprise, her right eye was totally blurred....

Childhood Blindness

Childhood Blindness The eye is the mechanism required to relay visual images to the brain for us to see. It requires that all components including iris, cornea, lens, retina work in a coordinated fashion to promote clear vision. A malfunctioning of any of these parts can cause...

Trichiasis- the Ingrowing Eyelashes

Trichiasis- the Ingrowing Eyelashes that scratch your Cornea Do you have a foreign body sensation in your eye?  Is the eye red and irritated yet not sore enough to worry about? Trichiasis is when one or more but usually not all your eyelashes are facing the wrong direction and...

Dyslexia – Learning Difficulties

DYSLEXIA. How it feels to have it?  One Person’s Day to Day Account and living with Dyslexia. I explain that being dyslexic is like running a 100-meter track race. In my lane I have hurdles, but no one else does. I have this feeling that it’s unfair that I’m the only...

Congenital Cataracts and Myopia in Babies

A concerned mother presented to my clinic, feeling her little boy couldn’t see.  This little boy looked happy and was able to engage with objects at near.  How was it possible that this smiling and content child couldn’t see? Was this mother just over concerned...

Rubella – Congenital Cataracts in a baby caused by the Rubella virus, otherwise known as German Measles

This baby has blindness due to Rubella cataracts. Rubella is sometimes called German measles, but rubella is a different viral disease to measles. Rubella is a viral illness that causes a skin rash and joint pain. A rubella infection is mild for most people, but it can have...

Ocular Albinism – Diminished Melanin in the eyes, skin and hair.

Albinism is the lack of pigmentation called melanin,  that leads to lighter coloured hair, skin and eyes. Diminished melanin in the eyes cause albinism. Ocularalbinism  (OA) is much less common and involves primarily the eyes. In OA the skin and hair are not affected,  (in fact...

Prevent Snow-Blindness in Children and Adults. Sunglasses and goggles are a must.

Young children love the snow, whether it is making snowmen, sledding or racing down the slopes on skis or snowboards. While most parents are very careful to make sure their kids are dressed warmly, they also need to be sure to protect vulnerable young eyes and heads with...

Retinoblastoma – Spot the white glow

The potential signs of Retinoblastoma is a white glow in one or both pupils. Retinoblastoma is a  type of cancer, although rare is a common form of cancer that affects a child’s eye. It usually affects children under the age of six. Most children who have this medical condition...