Open Your Eyes
Warning to Australians: An eye consultation could save your sight
DID YOU KNOW THAT MORE THAN 86% OF AUSTRALIANS RATE LOSS OF SIGHT – AS OPPOSED TO LOSING ANY OTHER OF THEIR SENSES – AS THEIR NUMBER ONE HEALTH CONCERN, AND NEARLY TWO THIRDS OF THE POPULATION ARE MORE FEARFUL OF GOING BLIND OVER LOSING A LIMB OR HAVING A HEART ATTACK?
Yet 4.1 million Australians have not had their eyes tested recently and one million have never had an eye exam. Have you? 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.
Gladstone Vision, as part of National Health Week, would like to highlight the dangers of not having a regular eye examination every two years and to encourage people to come in and have their eyes tested.
Peter Choc, Optometrist from Gladstone Vision, said “The main reason someone visits an optometrist today is that they experience some kind of vision change. Unfortunately, many symptoms of eye disease are either invisible or not immediately obvious, so it is really important that Australians of all ages not wait for a problem before seeing their local optometrist. 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 diabetic retinopathy can be prevented. This is extremely important if there is any family history of eye diseases as glaucoma or macular degeneration.”
“A COMPREHENSIVE EYE CONSULTATION IS THE MAIN WEAPON AGAINST AVOIDABLE VISION LOSS AND BLINDNESS”
“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,” Peter Choc says. “This routine should start from pre-school years and then regularly thereafter. ”
As part of the National Health Week, Gladstone Vision is urging people to take the to undertake a comprehensive eye consultation. This consultation is the main weapon against avoidable vision loss and blindness by picking up early signs of eye disease so it can be diagnosed and treated.
Gladstone Vision has been operating in Gladstone for more than 7 years and prior to that as part of Gladstone Optical. Peter Choc, Optometrist has more than 35 years’ experience and is passionate about delivering the best possible eye care to the community. Gladstone Vision can be contacted on 4978 2250 and is located at The Windmill Centre, next to Bendigo Bank.
The facts and figures in this release are sourced from research conducted by: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW); Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011–12 National Health Survey (NHS); Line of Sight blueprint by Optometry Australia; Vision Australia; www.aihw.gov.au/hospitals/ surgery-2010-11; www.visioneyeinstitute. com.au/article/facts-eye-health-australia/