Don’t let your children living in darkness

Do you know there are 135 million people in the world are visually impaired? and there are 1.4 million of children are blind? 3.1% of deaths are because the damage of cataract, glaucoma, trachoma and onchocerciasis. The most shocking news is 60-80% of children in developing countries who go blind and die within 2 years!

According to this infographic, we can see how serious the problem is. In our life, eye conditions are normally neglected by most of people. If you are lucky to have a developed health care system in your country, you should get your eyes checked every two years, just like your other parts of body. For parents, it is your obligation to make sure that your kids’ eyes are functioning good and healthy, because they are just at the beginning stage of life, it is so hard to imagine if they are future will be in darkness.

The symptoms of possible vision problems in kids include:

  • Poor school performance
  • Not wanting to go to school
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Difficulty when reading and writing
  • Trouble seeing information on the chalk board
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Headaches or eye pain
  • Taking longer than normal to complete homework

“Thank you for my ability to see and for those who care about others to restore their sight. I am so grateful for the beauty of this world and for the generosity of others.”

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Today, 10/11/12, is Word Sight Day. ( It’s amazing to me, as an artist, that 80% of the population that has a vision impairment doesn’t have to. It’s avoidable or curable. Thanks to TOMS, these people are having their sight restored. (

To celebrate my sight today, I am painting and loving it. I am sending my gratitude into the world. When I’m out of my studio, I’m sporting my TOMS sunglasses and sharing about their One for One model of giving sight. Thank you for my ability to see and for those who care about others to restore their sight. I am so grateful for the beauty of this world and for the generosity of others.


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Your tech-screens need to get dressed!

Let’s admit it, smart-phones, iPads and computers have left us with eye problems. Sitting at a desk for more than 5 hours a day starring at a screen, sometimes sitting in insufficient lighting conditions, is something that we do without a second thought. Eyestrain is the most common problem for those frequent computer users, and Anti-Glare computer protectors are specially designed to reduce eye strain when you facing at a screen, it helps you to get rid of related problems and improve focus.  Have ever had a headache and migraine after long-time working with computers? Though I understand that it is hard for you to stay away from those radioactive technologies due to loads of university assignments or works need to be done in certain time period, why don’t we minimise the damage with this transparency filter?

There are two main functions of computer protectors, anti-reflection and anti-glare. In order to make your eyes easy to focus, the computer protectors eliminate the reflection of light and reduce eyestrain. It protects the original color, and people from side angle of your computer will not be able to view your screen, and the more important thing is, the higher the quality of the screen computer, the better protection of your eyes. It could not be easier to buy these screen protectors, every professional computer store has it or you can go on eBay and clicking the mouse.


World Sight Day: Levelling with you about avoidable blindnes

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Today on World Sight Day, more than any other day, I find myself thinking about how precious sight can be. Right now, 39 million people in the world are blind and unbelievably 80 per cent of this is preventable.

At eight years old, most children love nothing better than running around playing with their friends. Innocent and carefree, life is about having fun and learning new things.

But this wasn’t the case for Kajol. When I met him in Bangladesh you could see he was a lovely child but very reserved and withdrawn. He had bilateral cataract – making him blind. He was unable to play with his peers and attend school, and so had been excluded from his friendship group, damaging his confidence.

Kajol had been born with good sight and had been able to do everything on his own. But at around age seven, his mother noticed that he started to take more time finding things, and his teacher observed he had difficulty reading books and seeing the backboard from a distance. Through a screening organised by a Sightsavers’ partner, Kajol was identified as having bilateral cataract and he was sent for sight-restoring surgery.

I met Kajol the day before his operation in a hospital in the capital Dhaka. It was clear that the visual impairment had taken its toll on Kajol and his family. And yet everything was about to change. The treatment for a cataract is in fact relatively straightforward, with surgery taking as little as 20 minutes. The next day, Kajol’s bandages were removed and he was already able to see a lot more clearly.

I visited Kajol back at home in his village and saw how his life had been completely transformed. Friends joined him to play, and he already seemed much more confident. It was so rewarding to see the immediate difference the operation had made.

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Ninety per cent of people who are avoidably blind live in the developing world, where it can be hard enough to support yourself and your family without sight loss, have to suffer with it. Yet saving someone’s sight is inexpensive. It can cost Sightsavers as little as £28 to give an adult sight-restoring surgery or £50 for a child like Kajol.

Meeting Kajol confirmed to me that the work we do is life changing – not just for the individual but for their families and communities too. As a parent myself, this really struck home. My daughter has a double squint (strabismus) and here in the UK, it’s been straightforward to get NHS treatment to correct all her sight problems.

But for someone like Kajol, living in one of the poorest communities, without our help it’s totally unachievable. Witnessing Kajol’s transformation into a confident, happy child, able to fulfil his life’s potential is every parent’s dream.

This World Sight Day, Sightsavers has teamed up with actor and writer James Corden and photographer and director Rankin to take a fresh approach to talking about our work, and so we decided to use comedy to raise awareness of a serious issue. Our new film, The Feel Bad Four starring Corden takes a tongue-in-cheek look at how or how not to ‘do’ a charity advert.

In the film, James Corden plays the comedic role of a well-meaning (but slightly misguided) celebrity whose attempts to encourage donations from viewers are rejected by an off-camera ‘Sightsavers’ representative. As Corden says in the film, in the end it makes most sense to “level with” the audience and be honest with the viewer about the difference that a small amount of money can make to someone who is blind in the developing world.

We hope that taking an honest and human approach would help us raise awareness of the scale of the problem, and much-needed funds, to enable Sightsavers to help those in the poorest parts of the world by preventing and curing blindness.

To watch and share James Corden’s charity advert visit

For more information about Sightsavers visit

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More than three cups of coffee a day can cause blindness

Are you a heavy coffee drinker? A latest study from Jae Hee Kang , Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, he found that caffeinated coffee drinks have higher chance of developing vision loss or blindness. Exfoliation glaucoma would be the consequence of caffeine overdose, and women with family history of glaucoma are at an increased risk.

Australia has a traditionally strong coffee culture began with European immigrants. According to the coffee consumption statistics, Australian’s consumption per capita increased from 1.2kg to 2.4kg, it has doubled over past 30 years. Though it is hard for people stop drinking coffee if it has already become a part of their daily routine, why don’t you drink a cup of coffee a day, and make tea be a substitute for coffee. Because in this study, the researcher didn’t find associations with consumption of other caffeinated drinks, like tea, chocolate, soda and decaffeinated coffee.

Take care of your pet’s eyes


Do you love your pets enough? Conditions affecting the eyes are quite common and potentially serious in animals. These eye diseases can be simple eye irritations, but also can be serious life threatening problems. Your pets will never tell their feelings to you, or go to see doctors by themselves. So it is our obligation to check their vision health periodically.

Signs of eye diseases

The commonest sign are production of tears, squinting excessively, the eye appears larger or smaller than normal and has a cloudy or blue appearance. The discharge produced by the eyes usually tells the sign. If from one eye, then generally the problem is only with that eye, however, if from both eyes, that means the diseases probably within the animal’s body.

If your pet is producing a watery discharge, then you need to clean the eyes twice a day by using warm, salty water. The tear overflow symptom usually caused by blocked tear ducts, make sure taking your pet to see veterinarians immediately.

Eyelid problems

The condition called Entropion (eyelids roll inwards), it is common in Chows, Bull Dogs, Irish Setters and Labradors. Because the eyelids roll inwards so the hairs of the face rub against the eyeball, you can imagine how painful the condition is. Surgery is really needed to correct such conditions.

Dry eyes

Lacking of tears will cause cornea damage in animals, especially dogs. Dogs with this condition will have obvious irritation of the eyes, and it will produce thick yellow discharge. Normally dry eyes caused by degeneration of the tear-producing cells with age, sometimes the condition is curable, often it is not. But surgery will definitely reduce the pain for your pet.


Glaucoma is a serious eye condition affecting dogs and cats. It is caused by an increased in fluid pressure inside the eyeballs. The effects are irritation in eyes and irreversible blindness. Glaucoma usually starts in one eye and progresses to the other. So it is hard to realise that your pet is becoming blind because the other eye compensates for the reduced sight. The pain is involved in glaucoma, so a pet with this condition usually paws at or rubs its eyes. Due to the pain and the possibility of blindness, glaucoma should be seemed as an emergency.

As we can see, there are many conditions can threaten your pet’s eyes health, not just human need to be aware about their eye’s condition, animals need that as well. Thus, do not delay, eye conditions in your pet can be very serious.

You are what you eat, you eat with your eyes

Do you know eating the proper foods can lower the risk of eye diseases? This is an essential part of eye care, because the right foods contain the right nutrition to prevent the potential eye diseases. Antioxidants beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc and omega-3 fats are the most helpful nutrition for your eyes. Here are some picks from professional’s advice:

1. Carrots

Yes, your mom was right! Carrots contain loads of beta carotene, it is an antioxidant that prevents macular degeneration and cataracts, also it contributes to your skin its smooth appearance. There are so many ways to eat carrots (If you don’t like the organic taste). You can easily add into salad, soups and dip them in salsa, hummus, peanut butter and low-cal dressing.

2. Three B’s

Bell peppers, broccoli and brussels sprouts provide a blast of vitamin C! Steam, roast, add to soups and omelets, or combine three of them for apasta primavera (lightly toasted in olive oil and garlic, yum).

3. Ostrich

Ostrich meat is a delicious lean substitute for red or white meat. It s loaded with protein, iron and zinc, which is one of the key ingredients for healthy eyes. Because zinc is found in retina, and it helps the functioning of enzymes responsible for eye health. So eating zinc-rich food can prevent and treat macular degeneration. Oh, Turkey also contains rich zinc.

4. Sweet Potatoes

The bright-orange flesh in these sweet potatoes, providing beta carotene to our body and rescuing our eyes. Sweet potatoes are perfect for side starch with dinner, you can back them with olive oil to make scrumptious fries, and you can prepare mashed sweet potatoes mixing with reduced fat margarine spread and skim milk, and season with a dash of salt and black pepper.

5. Spinach

People said that spinach is like sunscreen for your eyes, because It comes packaged with vitamin C, beta carotene and large amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, so it can absorb 40 to 90 percent light intensity, which means better retina protection, and a lower risk of macular degeneration.

6. Wild salmon and sardines

OMEG-3! I remember my parents made me eat fish oil since I was little. Studies have shown that omega-3 fats can protect tiny blood vessels within the eyes. The amount is aim for two to three 4-ounce portions each week