WHY WE NEED TO TEST OUR EYES
The eyes play an important role in mobility, function, and enjoyment of life. For this reason, it is important to maintain good eye health.
Having good eye health means that the eyes are disease-free, and that vision is at least 20/20 or better with or without correction.
In adults, Optometrists are particularly looking out for the following diseases:
- Glaucoma – this is where pressure on the optic nerve can cause loss of peripheral vision and even eventual blindness if not adequately
treated. Risk factors include a
family member with glaucoma, being over 40, diabetes, high blood pressure, a history of migraines, or use of steroid medication. Glaucoma is
known as the 'sneak thief' of sight and
damage can be done before people realise they have it.
- Macular degeneration – a problem that can develop as you get older. In its early stages it can have little effect but can
progress without warning. Help protect
yourself against macular degeneration with a healthy diet and good vitamin and mineral intake.
- Cataracts – this is where cloudiness or haze develops in the lens in the eye which causes vision to deteriorate.