How healthy is your vision? Do you take precautions and care when it comes to your vision? Vision loss as you get older can be rather unnerving – however subtle the change may be. It can really affect your level of independence. Here are some things to think about.
Did you know?
- At least 75% to 80% of blindness is avoidable, either through prevention or treatment.
- Regular eye examinations from the age of 60 can pick up any eye problems, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma or cataracts, before they become severe.
- As you age, your eyes lose the ability to focus, they become more sensitive to glare and have trouble adapting to different levels of light.
- Eye tests are a must for all ages! Eye examinations are important for young children too, as good eye health is closely linked with the learning process. Children with undetected eye problems often have trouble with their schoolwork.
Top tips to improve your eye health:
- Eat for your eyes: incorporate a healthy diet of colourful veggies into your daily meals. Broccoli, butternut, mangoes and carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is great for eyes.
- Quit smoking: this reduces blood flow to the eyes, which in turn can lead to eye diseases.
- Wear sunglasses: make sure you select the correct pair for your eyes, especially in the sunnier seasons.
- Have regular eye check-ups: remember to budget for eye care.
Why are regular eye tests necessary?
During an eye test, an optometrist examines the quality of your vision to determine what kind of spectacles or contact lenses you need, as well as to adjust your current prescription. He or she will also conduct a general health check for any injuries, and look for early signs of eye conditions like cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Optometrists are usually the first healthcare professionals to detect chronic systemic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, which can cause eye diseases. An extensive range of risks including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can be detected with regular checks.
A good rule of thumb is to have your eyes tested every two years. If you are diabetic, older than 40, already wear glasses or have a family history of glaucoma, it is best to schedule more regular appointments.
For a good cause:
Eye care awareness month runs from 23 September to 20 October 2014, and this year Clicks and Readwell Reading Glasses have teamed up for a great initiative. To help make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate, for every pair of Readwell Reading Glasses sold at Clicks stores, a pair will be donated to a senior citizen in need.
Eye care awareness month aims to raise awareness about the importance of eye health, as well as the prevention and treatment of blindness.
To find your nearest Clicks Pharmacy, call 0860 254 257 or visit www.clicks.co.za.