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Archive for August, 2006

Optic neuritis

A diagnosis of optic neuritis can be quite scary for some people. It generally affects young people in their 20s and 30s who have never had a medical problem before in their life, and anything which affects your eyesight is going to make people worry. In addition there is the link between optic neuritis and […]

Chamomile tea and your eyes

Recommendations for "natural" eye wash solutions range from chamomile to lavender oil to boric acid (!). As a doctor I find I have an inbuilt suspicion about many "herbal remedies" but on the whole, if the remedy does no harm, I have no objections. However, many patients have recently asked me about whether it is […]

Blepharitis – itchy, burning eyes

Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelid margins (around the lashes and the part that touches the eyeball) and is one of the most common causes eye irritation. It affects more than 10% of the population and fills the Sydney Eye Emergency clinic with hundreds of people a month seeking relief from their symptoms. The trouble […]