Virginia Matthews
Published : August 2 2014

Grow wiser as you grow older and have regular check-ups

A simple eye test can identfy more general health problems, reports Virginia Matthews
Eyes may be the windows to the soul, but to the 13,500 professionals registered with the College of Optometrists they also offer a unique snapshot of the health of the body. While more than 50 per cent of vision loss caused by disease and age is avoidable, some 5 per cent of over-forties have not had a sight test for at least ten years, according to college research.
Whether it is diabetes or glaucoma, cataracts, floaters or dry eyes, we are more vulnerable to ophthalmic conditions in middle age and beyond. An eye examination every two years can not only offer reassurance but will also identify common problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Eating well and exercising regularly, wearing UV-resistant sunglasses, stopping smoking, sleeping well and using good lighting at home and work can all make a marked difference to how our eyes cope with the challenges of later life.
Glaucoma: This condition is related to an increase in pressure in the eye which if left untreated can cause considerable sight loss. It typically has no warning signs and sufferers may not be aware of the problem until they have already lost some vision. High risk groups include the over 40s,…
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Source: The Times Eye Health
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