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Eye Health

Our sight is one of our most important gifts and should be well looked after. It is recommended that you get your eyes tested every two years. This ensures your prescription is always up to date and also helps with early diagnosis of various eye conditions. Some of the most common conditions that affect the eye are:


Diabetes
People suffering from diabetes should be extra careful when it comes to minding their eyes. A yearly eye test is advised, as nowadays early diagnosis with diabetes is vital. There is now treatment available if there are diabetic changes in the eyes.


Cataracts
Cataracts occur in the lens of the eye. A clouding develops that causes the lens to become opaque and affects the amount of light entering the eye. It can cause nearsightedness and can also affect the eyes perception of certain colours. Cataracts, if left untreated, can cause blindness, however a routine surgery is an extremely effective treatment.


Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a disorder in the eye that damages the optic nerve. It is sometimes, but not always, associated with increased pressure of the fluid of the eye. The damage caused in the eye results in a loss of vision. This loss is permanent and cannot be restored. Therefore early diagnosis is essential. Glaucoma does not have any symptoms. It can only be diagnosed through an eye test; therefore regular eye testing is essential, especially if there are other risk factors. If there is a family history of glaucoma, this increases chances of developing glaucoma by 22%. Early diagnosis is vital; this is why regular eye tests are so beneficial.


Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration, commonly known as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), is a condition that usually affects older adults. Damage to the retina causes sight loss in the centre of the visual field known as the macula. This means that the central vision is lessened, or even lost completely, leaving only peripheral vision. Macular degeneration can be treated, and there are recommended supplements that can be taken to help prevent it occurring. Advice regarding diet and UV protection can also help prevent AMD.


Please note: This page is for advice only. Should you suffer from any of these eye conditions, please consult your optician, eye care professional or general practitioner.

 
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