It's a well-known fact that as we age, our bodies become more susceptible to certain problems, particularly our eyes. Amit Rana, store director at Specsavers in Bingham, provides advice on how to protect against vision loss.
An important age-related health check
It’s an unfortunate truth that as we age our bodies are more susceptible to certain problems. The same is true for our eyes, and to ensure they stay in good health there is nothing more important than having regular eye examinations.
As our eyes age, they can change and deteriorate quickly. This is why Specsavers optometrists recommend that everyone has their eyes tested at least every two years, or more frequently if needed. Not only does this help to keep vision in check and glasses or contact lens prescriptions up to date, it also provides a good opportunity to spot any other health issues, including common age-related conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, high blood pressure and diabetes, and minor eye conditions including red eye, dry eye, watering eye, blepharitis and floaters in the vision.
Looking out for common conditions
Glaucoma - the general term used to describe damage to the optic nerve - is one particular condition that adults can become prone to as they get older and is often caused by increased pressure in the eye.
One of the main causes of preventable blindness in the UK, it can reduce a person’s eyesight by up to 40 percent before they even notice something is wrong. Sufferers may only recognise there is a problem at an advanced stage, but regular eye check-ups can ensure any abnormalities are spotted immediately.
‘We want to encourage those aged over 40 or have a family history of glaucoma to have regular eye examinations, as they are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma,’ said Amit. ‘Knowing this, we can monitor your eyes over time, and look out for any indicators of change.’
Diabetes is another condition which can lead to blindness if not diagnosed in time or managed effectively. Unfortunately, sufferers can remain undiagnosed for up to 10 years, meaning 50% of people will have developed a complication by the time the condition is spotted. People with diabetes are 10 to 20 times more likely to go blind than someone without the condition.
However, if retinopathy is detected early through an eye examination and treated, blindness can be prevented in 90% of cases.
‘A simple eye check at our brand new store using the latest optical technology and with a highly-qualified optometrist can pick up and monitor these signs to ensure you are treated effectively.’