Our eyesight's worth looking after!
Our eyesight, and the chances of losing it, tend to receive little attention compared to issues such as heart disease, obesity and cancer.
In fact, because of this, a joint statement was released by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the College of Optometrists and others, which urged the Government to take eye health more seriously! It pointed to the sobering fact that sight loss is set to double by 2050….and yet 50% of this is avoidable through finding problems early and dealing with them.
People of all ages fear losing their sight more than any other sense. And of course sight loss is a major reason for losing independence, depression and social isolation, along with falls in the elderly. So being able to prevent sight loss reduces physical frailty, lessens the impact of other illnesses and disabilities, reduces falls and preserves independence.
When we talk about reducing avoidable blindness, we have to mention glaucoma, age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy as all of these are possible to either prevent or treat. There is also a really strong link between falls in the elderly and visual impairment given that in 2008 over 37,000 falls, that required hospital treatment, occurred in individuals with visual impairment.
So what do all these sobering facts mean for us?
Well, it’s really important to talk about this as, rather surprisingly, people don’t often take the time to consider their eyesight and how they would manage if they lost it. It goes without saying that we’ll all be wanting and needing our eyesight throughout the rest of our lives. In the practice, we often ask our patients what they use their eyesight for every day. Most people mention driving, reading, watching TV and such like. But really is it not much more than that? What about just seeing to get out of bed in the mornings, what about seeing the faces of our friends and family, what about just having the ability to go about our day without worrying about poor vision?
And this is precisely why our practice has invested in the world’s leading technologies for detecting eye problems at the earliest opportunity. So we would encourage you to commit to regular eyecare, and if you haven’t had your eyes checked for a while then come and get them examined now.
Don’t forget, we choose to use the latest technology, not to find things wrong with your eyes, but to be able to tell you with confidence that everything is right with their eyes! There’s no better peace of mind than knowing your eyes are healthy and you have nothing to worry about.
You can book an eye examination appointment online by clicking the link above, by phoning us on 028 9070 5787, or by calling into the practice to arrange a time that suits.