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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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CASE STUDY: Smoking and dry eye

This study was undertaken to determine the effects of smoking on the ocular surface and the tear film in smokers. Conducted by: Thomas J, Jacob GP, Abraham L, and Noushad B – The effect of smoking on the ocular surface and the precorneal tear film. AMJ 2012, 5, 4, 221‐226 Abstract Background Smoking, both active […]

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The power of vaccines

Prof Barry Shoub, Dr Allison Glass, and Prof Prakash Jeena With Global Vaccination Week (24-30 April) shining a light on the topic of immunisation last month MSD hosted a media forum on the importance of vaccines. The panel of experts included Prof Barry Schoub, Prof Prakash Mohan Jeena (Head of PICU, Pulmonology University of Kwazulu-Natal), […]

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World Glaucoma Week 2015 – millions remain undiagnosed

A World Glaucoma Week media event took place at St John’s Eye Hospital in Soweto recently, hosted by ophthalmologist Professor Grant McLaren and Alcon. Prof McLaren reiterated that the lack of awareness of glaucoma is a critical problem both in South Africa and globally. Zenzile Thusi (a patient with glaucoma), Aaron Tselane (Alcon), Dr Akiel Asvat […]

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