The team in Harlow recently visited a specialist care centre for elderly people to deliver a talk on looking after the health of your eyes throughout the ageing process.
Store director Neha Patel visited the Leah Manning Centre along with colleague, Adam Ovid, an optical assistant at the store, to host a presentation for 120 elderly attendees.
Offering eye advice
Throughout the day, Neha discussed what happens to our eyes as we age, as well as explaining the importance of regular eye examinations and offering advice on how we can look after our eyes as we get older. Adam also delivered a talk on the hearing services offered by the store and explained the importance of attending regular hearing checks once a year for anyone over the age of 55.
Neha said: ‘We had a great day with everyone at the Leah Manning Centre. So many people don’t realise how vital regular eye examinations are, especially as we age, so we wanted to share some advice to those at the centre.’
Speaking about common age-related conditions, Neha continued: ‘Eye examinations can help detect much more than just changes in your vision, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tumours, strokes, and diabetes. It is important to regularly attend a test every two years to ensure any sight issues or health conditions are detected early.’
Here, Neha shares her advice on common eye conditions that become more prevalent later in life:
‘There are a number of conditions which are more common in over 60s, such as cataracts. The lens becomes opaque, blurring vision and even leading to loss of sight if left untreated. Early on, the condition may cause near-sightedness and the reduction in perception of blue colours’, said Neha.
She continued: ‘A build-up of fluid within the eye can increase pressure, which in turn damages the optic nerve. The loss of visual field often occurs gradually and slowly, so the sufferer may only notice it at an advanced stage. This loss of vision can never be recovered, so prompt diagnosis is essential. Glaucoma can be treated simply with eye drops.’
Age-related macular degeneration
Neha explains what happens to those who suffer from AMD: ‘In older people, the macula – the centre of the retina which is used for detailed vision – thins and occasionally bleeds. This can lead to distortion or loss of central vision. The sufferer may also have trouble discerning colours. Peripheral vision remains unaffected, but central vision loss is serious, so early diagnosis and treatment is vital.’
If you are worried about age-related eye conditions, the friendly, professional team at Specsavers in Harlow is on hand to offer advice.