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What is myopia? Myopia (short sightedness) is a condition that causes distance objects to be blurred, while close objects are seen clearly. Myopia can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery in adults. Approximately 1 in 3 people are myopic. Symptoms usually appear in older...

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It is important that you fit your prism in the correct orientation so please check the prism for where it is marked ‘BASE‘. In your case the prism needs to be positioned BASE OUT. This means that the part marked BASE needs to be positioned towards the arm of the glasses. You can also...

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It is important that you fit your prism in the correct orientation so please check the prism for where it is marked ‘BASE‘. In your case the prism needs to be positioned ‘base in’. This means that the part marked ‘base’ needs to be positioned towards the nose...

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What is a stereogram exercise? It is an exercise for  your child’s eyes to help them work together as a pair more effectively. This can prevent headaches or double vision. A stereogram is 2 incomplete images which you join to make 1 complete image. How do I use it? Hold a pen or target at…...

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What is a stereogram exercise? It is an exercise for  your child’s eyes to help them work together as a pair more effectively. This can prevent headaches or double vision. A stereogram is 2 incomplete images which you join to make 1 complete image. How do I use it? Hold a pen or target at…...

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What is astigmatism? Astigmatism, pronounced ‘ah-stig-mah-tism’, is a type of refractive error, like longsightedness (hypermetropia) and short sightedness (myopia). Refractive error means that the light coming into the eye cannot be properly focused because of the size or shape of the...

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What is uveitis? The ‘uve’ in uveitis describes the uveal tract, which includes: the iris (the coloured part of the eye at the front of the eye) the ciliary body (the ring of muscle behind the iris) the choroid (the layer of tissue lining the inside of the eye behind the retina) Uveitis...

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This resource is intended to provide information about the uveitis transition service provided by the transition team at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. What is the purpose of a uveitis transition clinic? The transition clinic is aimed for young people over the...

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What is the normal structure of the eye? The eye is made of three parts: A light focusing bit at the front (cornea and lens) A light sensitive film at the back of the eye (retina) A large collection of communication wires to the brain (optic nerve) A curved window called the cornea first...

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What is an esotropia? Esotropia means the tendency for the eye to drift in towards the nose. What is an accommodative esotropia? Accommodative esotropia is where one or both of someone’s eyes have a convergent squint (inward turn) with hypermetropia (long-sightedness). This video from the...

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What is the optic nerve? The optic nerve transmits images from the light sensitive layer (retina) at the back of the eye to the brain. The brain interprets these messages so you can see. What is the optic disc? The optic disc is the point at which the optic nerve joins the eye. This is…...

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What is vision screening? NHS Sheffield has designed a service for vision screening as children begin primary school. This service takes on the UK National Screening Committee recommendations. An orthoptist, a specialist in testing children’s eyes, from Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust,...

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About me Name I wear my patch on my eye for hours Why do I have to wear a patch? You have one eye that can see really well, but the other can’t see very well. We would like you to wear your patch every day to help your eye get better. The eye under… Continue Reading My patching information

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My child has just been diagnosed with a visual impairment, what do we do now? When your child is diagnosed with a visual impairment it can be a difficult and overwhelming time. We aim to answer as many questions as possible at your appointment, however it is likely that when you leave the hospital...

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What is convergence insufficiency? Convergence insufficiency is the inability or lack of ability to keep the eyes straight when reading or doing close work. The eyes tend to drift outwards causing double vision. Trying to control the double vision can lead to headaches, blurred vision, difficulty...

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What is a meibomian cyst? It is a type of fluid-filled cyst in the upper or lower eyelid that is often felt as a small lump. What causes it? There are lots of tiny oil glands just under the inner surface of the eyelids, called meibomian glands. These make an oily fluid to help lubricate…...

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Your child has been found to have an eye condition called ‘intermittent exotropia’ at their school vision screening test. This is nothing to worry about and we will explain more about this condition in this resource. What is the school vision screening test? All children in Sheffield are...

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What is anisocoria? Anisocoria is a difference in the pupil size between the eyes. The iris regulates the amount of light entering the eye by enlarging or shrinking the pupil size. In normal eyes this will happen equally in each eye. Below is an example of a small right pupil and a larger one...

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What is a low vision aid (LVA) clinic? This clinic aims to show your child how to use a range of different low vision aids, such as magnifier and binoculars. Low vision aids can help a visually impaired child with many activities, such as reading and writing. If your child finds a low vision...

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What is a squint? A squint where the eyes do not align as normal. One eye appears straight and the other eye drifts in a different direction. This is sometimes called ‘lazy eye’. This can happen intermittently or all of the time. Some squints appear obvious when looking into the distance...

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How can I help keep my eyes healthy? A balanced and varied diet is important in keeping us healthy for lots of reasons. Vitamins A, C and E, leafy green vegetables and oily fish are some of the best ways to help keep our eyes healthy. Having a healthy body and eyes, might help protect…...

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A blocked tear duct is a fairly common. Tear ducts are like tiny tubes that your tears pass through. They are part of the drainage system that goes from your eyes to your throat. A blocked tear duct happens when your nasal passageways in your nose become blocked and cannot properly drain tear liquid...

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What is the visual impairment (VI) telephone consultation clinic? When your child is diagnosed with a visual impairment, we understand it can be a difficult and overwhelming time. We will try to answer all of your questions at your appointment, but you may have more questions or concerns when you...

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Where is the ophthalmology department in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital? The ophthalmology department is on A floor and can be accessed from its own entrance on A road (opposite the multi storey car park). If you wish to speak to someone before coming to the hospital or have some special...

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