18 Jan Your Eyes – ( It could never happen to me)
So what is all the fuss about ? Its only an eye test and anyway its really only older people who get eye disease? This is a myth that as a practicing optometrist i would like to dispell. Yes eye disease can affect anyone of any age group. It does not discriminate between gender, age or race. Mind you, some eye disease is more common in females than in males and vise versa and the same is true for genotype.
In my blog, I plan to write a brief account of some of the more common eye conditions that many of you may not have given too much thought to. I am hoping to inform the reader and ultimately create an awareness about the importance of eye health not least because without healthy eyes, we could compromise our independent living and be forced to give up sporting hobbies or driving and simple things such as reading the newspaper, laptop, iPad or texts no matter how young or old you are.
These are all things we take for granted and yet every day, I meet at least one person who struggles to manage the simplest of tasks as a result if visual impairment or sight loss. The sad reality is that many of the eye conditions that I plan to write about can be prevented with early detection and intervention. This can be achieved by attending an optometrist for regular eye tests, ( every two years) .
It costs so little and it is so worth it.