Are you one of millions of people around the world walking around with a sight-threatening disease? Unless you have your eyes checked regularly by a professional, you might not even be aware that your sight’s in danger.
Some diseases, like glaucoma, have no early warning signs. Instead, vision deteriorates silently and painlessly until it results in total blindness. But if glaucoma’s detected early enough and is correctly treated, vision loss and blindness may be prevented.
Eyesight’s one of the most precious gifts a person can have. That's why we encourage you to have your eyes checked this October, during Eye Care Awareness Month (ECAM).
Many people don't pay much attention to their eyesight or the health of their eyes. It's unfortunate, as 80% of blindness is avoidable.
Most eye conditions can be successfully treated if detected early. So please get your eyes tested this October, and take practical measures to protect your eyes like wearing sunglasses and protecting your eyes against injuries.
Your vision is a great gift. Please pay it the attention it deserves.
ECAM eye-care tips:
* Visit an optometrist or doctor regularly and don't ignore problems with your eyes. This way you can detect and treat eye conditions early on.
* Protect your eyes from damage or scratches from foreign objects that can lead to infection or damage. Wear protective eye-wear when working with equipment that may cause shards to fly into your eyes.
* Wear sunglasses that give your eyes proper protection from the damaging rays of the sun.
* Take regular breaks from your computer screen to minimise eye strain and the development of eye-focusing problems.
For more interesting information on eye care, click here to visit the Tygervalley Eye & Lazer Centre's website.