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Charl Laäs Optometrists is a privately owned Optometric practice providing a complete range of eye care services for the whole family. 

All our clients receive comprehensive 60 minute Eye examinations at every visit and we have a particular interest in complex and unusual cases for which we provide additional services like:

At Charl Laäs Optometrists it is our passion to provide you with professional service and quality products in a friendly and personal environment.

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Playing Tetris video game 'fixes lazy eye'
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By Michelle RobertsHealth editor, BBC News online Canadian doctors say they have found an inventive way to treat lazy eye - playing the Tetris video game. The McGill University team discovered the popular tile-matching puzzle could train both eyes to work together. In a small study, in Current Biology with 18 adults, it worked better than conventional patching of the good eye to make the weak one work harder. The researchers now want to test if it would be a good way to treat children with the same condition.  UK studies are already under way.  An estimated one in 50 children has lazy eye, known medically as ...
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Char Laas lectures at Vision By Design 2013
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Charl Laas from Charl Laas Optometrists in Durbanville, Cape Town attended the annual meeting and educational conference of the Orthokeratology Academy of America (OAA) on April 4-7th in Chicago, IL, USA. International speakers, including Charl, presented on a variety of topics including:  the myopic epidemic and its control, custom and unique orthoK lens designs and specialty lens designs to help the partially sighted.  Over 400 doctors attended from twenty three countries including the  U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Germany,France,England, Scotland, Jordan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Africa, Austral...
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Ready Made Readers, are they good for your eyes?
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A new study published in 'Optometry and Vision Science', the journal of the American Academy of Optometry, indicated that 48% of the ready-made readers tested in the study failed to provide the optical quality required by international standards. The research team from Bradford University, led by Professor David Elliott, examined a total of 322 randomly selected near-vision ready-made reading glasses with powers +2.50, +3.00 and +3.50, commonly purchased at chemists and department stores in North East England. Assessments of the optical quality of the glasses were made, and the results were compared against the...
Retardation of Myopia in Orthokeratology (ROMIO) Study: a 2-year randomized clinical trial
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Pauline Cho, Sin-Wan Cheung Purpose: This single-masked randomized clinical trial aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of orthokeratology (ortho-k) for myopic control. Methods: A hundred and two eligible subjects, age 6 to 10 years, with myopia between 0.50 to 4.00D and astigmatism not more than 1.25D were randomly assigned to wear ortho-k lenses or single-vision glasses for a period of two years. Axial length was measured with the IOLMasterTM (Zeiss) by a masked examiner and was performed at the baseline and every six months. This study was registered at ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT00962208. Results: Se...
Symptomatic Relief Associated With Eyelid Hygiene in Anterior Blepharitis and MGD
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Guillon M, Maissa C, Wong S. OTG Research and Consultancy (M.G., C.M., S.W.), London, United Kingdom. OBJECTIVE: :The principal objective of this investigation was to assess the symptomatic relief associated with eyelid hygiene using Blephaclean eye pads, a cosmetic product, to manage anterior blepharitis or Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) associated with dry eye complaints. METHOD: The investigation was a bilateral, prospective, interventional open label investigation of 3-month duration. The test population was made up of dry eye sufferers with at least mild symptoms (Ocular Surface Disease Index [OSDI...
The effect of optic asphericity on visual rehabilitation of corneal ectasia with a prosthetic device.
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Hussoin T, Le HG, Carrasquillo KG, Johns L, Rosenthal P, Jacobs DS. Boston Foundation for Sight (T.H., H.G.L., K.G.C., L.J.), Needham, MA; and Harvard Medical School (P.R., D.S.J.), Boston, MA. OBJECTIVES: To study the effect of optic asphericity on visual rehabilitation of corneal ectasia with a prosthetic device. METHODS: Subjects with corneal ectasia treated with a fluid-ventilated gas-permeable prosthetic device of diameter 18.0-19.0 mm, who had subjective improvement of good Snellen vision with introduction of optic asphericity, were studied. Best corrected Snellen visual acuity (BCVA) under standard ...

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