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CPD: Battling bacterial conjunctivitis

Bacterial conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva as a result of bacterial infection. Bacterial conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva caused by direct contact with infected secretions. The most common organisms are Staphylococcus species, S. pneumonia, H. influenzae, and M. catarrhalis. CLICK HERE TO ANSWER THE CPD QUESTIONS It presents with conjunctival injection, mucopurulent discharge, […]

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Sore eyes on a plane

The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled airplane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. There are a number of steps that patients can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travellers’ dry eye. Since dehydration makes dry eye symptoms worse, drink consistently before, during and after the flight. If you enjoy […]

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All about eyebrows

Dark, light, bushy, smooth, arched, straight, eyebrows come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and both men and women alike groom them to enhance their overall appearance. But do they serve more than just a cosmetic purpose? As humans have evolved, our body and facial hair have diminished, however eyebrows and eyelashes have remained […]

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CPD: Bacterial conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is estimated to contribute 1% of ophthalmic problems or disorders seen in primary care setting, and 1-4% in all GP consultations worldwide, with bacterial conjunctivitis being the most frequent. Even though it is a self-limiting condition, the prevalence is significant to the general population due to its economic and societal burden (Hovding, 2008). CLICK […]

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CPD: Red eye

Red eye is the cardinal sign of ocular inflammation. The condition is usually benign and can be managed by primary care physicians. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AS WELL AS OTHER CPD ARTICLES FEATURED IN MEDICAL CHRONICLE Ocular inflammatory diseases impose a significant medical and economic burden on society. Red eye is one […]

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Know your products: Eye care

We don’t often give our eyes as much thought as we should. But sight is one of the main senses through which we experience the world. This is what makes eye care so important. We feature three different products useful to customers who may be suffering from eye allergies, dry eyes from wearing contact lenses, […]

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Performing eye examinations on children

50% of childhood blindness can be prevented by early detection and treatment. Almost 25 000 children in SA are blind mainly because of congenital cataracts, congenital glaucoma, malignant tumours (retinoblastoma), retinopathy of prematurity, inflammation, and injuries. This number does not include the thousands of children with visual impairment often caused by strabismus, amblyopia, and refractive […]

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CPD: Curing conjunctivitis

The conjunctiva is a thin, translucent lining covering the anterior part of the sclera and the inside of the eyelid. Conjunctivitis is any inflammation of the conjunctiva, caused by an infection and is characterised by the dilatation of superficial conjunctival blood vessels resulting in erythema and oedema. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AS […]

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Health and Wellness: Focus on the eye

Often called the windows to our souls, the importance of our eyes cannot be overstated. Whether it’s choosing a product to help with dry or itchy eyes, or looking for the perfect mascara or eye make-up remover, make sure the product you choose is a reputable one COMBAT WRINKLES L’Oréal RevitaLift® Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye […]

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The root of dry eye

Meibomian gland obstruction induces hyposecretion of tear film lipids, which results in lipid layer deficiency and evaporative dry eye. Unfortunately, the importance of blinking in meibomian gland dysfunction has been largely overlooked, and it is not known whether incomplete blinking causes tear lipid deficiency, even in the unobstructed meibomian glands Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is […]

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