The human eye and visual system is arguably the most complex sensory system in nature. Perhaps that is why many people feel that they don't have a part to play in the health of their eyes and vision. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, there are many things that we can do to preserve our eyesight and protect our eyes. Here are a few simple tips and advice on how you can play your part:
1. Regular Eye Health and Vision Checks
Everyone should see an optometrist for a thorough vision check at least once every two years. Your optometrist can then refer you for more in-depth examination with an ophthalmologist at Gladesville Retina if required.
For those above 40, your vision check should also include a glaucoma pressure check (or comprehensive glaucoma check if you have a family history). For those above 50, this should also include a macula check (and retinal photography) to ensure the health of the central retina, where we achieve our finest vision.
2. Check Your Vision at Home
Most people wait until they notice “something strange” with their vision before seeking help, but did you know that subtle changes in vision are difficult to identify at first? It is important to check your eyesight one eye at a time. By covering one eye and then the other, you will have a greater chance of recognising small changes in your vision.
You can check your vision at home using our 60-Second Macula Health Check.
3. Wear Sun Protection for Your Eyes!
We all understand the importance of protecting our skin from sun damage, but did you know your eyes are just as susceptible to the debilitating effects of UV damage?
4. Eat and Live Right for Your Eyesight!
Medical research in recent years has shown how maintaining a healthy diet can possible prevent damage to your vision due to macular degeneration. Careful diet (and sugar level) control is also important for diabetics, to delay or prevent the onset of diabetic retinopathy.
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