Ask The Doctor

Listen as Dr Scott Mackie of Mackie Opticians offers some good advice on a range of common eye issues as interviewed by Gylen from Boardman Media. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Scott directly using the contact form and he will be happy to get right back to you.


FAQ’s – answers to some commonly asked questions

Can you swim wearing Contact Lenses?
This is NOT recommended as you can contract acanthomeba. it is best to wear prescription swimming goggles which we sell from £59.99 complete.

Reading at night using a tablet or computer can affect your sleep?
There is some evidence to show that UV is emitted from electronic devices such as tablets and that this can fool your circadian rythym into thinking it is daylight. however more research is required.

If I wear my Glasses my eyes will become dependent on them?
This is untrue as is the converse, but not wearing your spectacles you will get eyestrain but will generally not do any damage unless a child under 7 years of age.

Reading in bright light reduces eyestrain?
This is correct as over 50 years of age requires 4 times more light than in your 20s. We sell a selection of table, desk and floor lamps using special illumination which simulates artificial daylight.

Long periods of computer usage can cause neck and backache?
This is correct. Many patients do not use the optimal correction for the computer resulting in either blurred vision or adopted head postures (e.g. standard varifocals). Solutions include inexpensive glasses for the required computer distance or personalised computer varifocals.

Carrots are good for the eyes?
Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, however Vit A deficiency is rare in a western diet. Other nutrients can slow the progression of Macular Degeneration. Drs Mackie can consult and give you advice on ocular supplements.

Children can inherit poor eye sight from their parents?
Some diseases have a hereditary link e.g. Macular Degeneration, Cataract, Diabetes but the vast majority do not.

Looking Straight at the Sun Will Damage Your Sight?
Looking directly at the sun can lead to radiation damage. All our tints include as standard a UV filter to prevent this from occuring. UV exposure has been linked to eye disorders such as macular degeneration and corneal dystrophies e.g. ptergium.

Using Artificial Sweeteners Will Make Your Eyes More Sensitive to Light?
If you use artificial sweeteners, like cyclamates, your eyes may be more sensitive to light. Other substances include antibiotics, oral contraceptives, high blood pressure drugs, diuretics, and diabetic medications

A cataract must be ‘advanced’ before it is removed?
With older surgical techniques, it was thought to be safer to remove a cataract when it was “advanced.” With today’s modern surgical procedures, a cataract can be removed whenever it begins to interfere with a person’s lifestyle.