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Your eyes are one of the most important parts of your body. They allow you to see what is going on around you, spot danger and opportunities and even witness some incredible sights that can be the starting point for most memories that you have. That’s why it’s absolutely vital that you take good care of your eyes. Maintaining healthy eyes doesn’t have to be time consuming. If you take some small steps, you can ensure that your eyes will look after you for many years to come.
It’s a common misconception that eye tests only help detect problems with your vision and ensure your prescription is up-to-date. They do that of course – but they can also identify any health problems you may be unaware of. This is why eye tests should form a regular part of your health care regime.
With so many of us nowadays using computers everyday at our work, it is no surprise that computer eye strain is increasingly becoming a major job related complaint. Unless you are very disciplined and plan to take regular breaks away from your desk, some of us spend up to eight or nine hours a day in front of a screen, whether it is a computer or TV.
Glaucoma can refer to a number of eye conditions associated with damage to the optic nerve at the back of the eye. Often characterised by a raised level of intraocular pressure, glaucoma varies in severity from patient to patient.
Glaucoma is the world’s leading cause of blindness, but can sometimes be difficult to identify. This is because the loss of vision develops gradually over time and can sometimes only be spotted when the disease becomes advanced. That’s why it’s important for patients who suspect they may have glaucoma to have their eyes tested by a professional, and catch the damage to their vision while it is still treatable.
What is a cataract?
A cataract forms when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, causing vision to deteriorate. While there are factors that may contribute to the formation of cataracts, this condition is a natural part of the ageing process; just like greying hair and the loss of close up vision (presbyopia).