It is said our eyes are the window to our soul. Our eyes are as unique to us as our personalities, as well as our primary way of taking in the world around us. They are a crucial factor to living an active, happy and enriched life.
We can sometimes take our eyesight for granted until something goes wrong. As 75 per cent of vision loss can be prevented or treated with early detection, the earlier we start looking after the health of our eyes, the better our chances of maintaining good vision, for life.
Simple tips for healthy eyes
Know your eyes
Be aware of the health of your eyes and how your vision is affecting your everyday life. Learn to look for warning signs and changes, such as blurred or distorted vision, eye strain and headaches. Talk to your family members about their eye health history, and whether anyone in the family has been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition as many of them are hereditary. In children, look for signs of poor concentration or any form of sensitivity or discomfort.
Have your eyes examined regularly by an optometrist
You may think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting an optometrist for a comprehensive eye examination is the only way to really be sure.
Not only may it lead to improved everyday vision – and quality of life – it could detect that something more serious is going on, and prevent loss of vision.