Banbridge store manager and dispensing optician Shauna Reeves visited Banbridge Senior Citizens Club to meet members and deliver a talk on eye health.
Shauna discussed the different parts that make up the eye, how vision works and the various types of spectacles and lenses available such as single vision, bifocals and varifocals.
Shauna also outlined a range of eye conditions such as cataracts, red eye and glaucoma and potential signs or symptoms of these conditions and group members were able to ask Shauna questions on eye health.
‘An eye test can spot many general health problems and early signs of various eye conditions – many of which can be treated if found early enough.’ explained Shauna Reeves.
Cataracts are common in the over 60’s and left untreated may lead to loss of sight. Early stage cataracts can be treated with prescription glasses, while cloudy cataracts can be removed with surgery.
There are no obvious signs of early glaucoma therefore it’s vital to get your eyes tested by an optician on a regular basis. The condition is easily detectable during a routine eye check and can be effective treated with eye drops. Early diagnosis is important because any damage to the eyes cannot be reversed.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 65. Steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing AMD such as stopping smoking and protecting your eyes from the sun. To prevent more rapid deterioration, early diagnosis and treatment of AMD is vital.
Early diagnosis important
‘The key message is with early diagnosis most age-related eye conditions can be managed effectively’ said Shauna Reeves. ‘I’d like to thank the Senior Citizens club members for having me along. It was a pleasure to meet everyone and discuss the importance of eye health. We’re pleased also to announce that many of our team now are qualified as Dementia Friends.’