Most of the information required for everyday living is obtained through our eyes, yet only 17 per cent of the population had a comprehensive eye examination in 2008 says Nedlands optometrist.
“This figure is surprising given how important our eyesight is to everyday living. Good vision is essential for driving, playing sports and fulfilling work and school tasks which is why it’s so important that children, teens and parents incorporate regular eye examinations into their general health regime,” Damon says.
During an eye examination, an optometrist will assess your visual clarity while also looking for signs of possible eye conditions or disease.
“Regular eye examinations can lead to early detection of conditions and diseases. If eye health is monitored throughout life, there is an increased likelihood that vision loss due to macular degeneration, amblyopia (lazy eye) and glaucoma can be prevented.”
“Parents should be leading by example and monitoring their own and their children’s eye health on a regular basis. Parents should be confident that their children’s eye health is the best it can be,” Damon says.
How to ensure you and your family have good vision for life
- Wear sunglasses when outdoors.
- Use appropriate eye protection when required in the workplace, school and home.
- Know your eyes; understand potential warning signs and look for any changes in your vision.
- Have your eyes examined regularly by your optometrist.
- Eat for your eyes; include plenty of vitamin C, vitamin E, Zinc and Beta-carotene, many of which are found in dark green, leafy vegetables or fish sources.