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Eye health and tips.

Maintaining good eye health is very important in reducing the risk of vision loss in later life.
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Regular examinations with an optometrist or ophthalmologist are the best way to promote healthy eyes and prevent a change in vision. Examinations allow for the early detection and treatment of eye disease. 75% of vision loss in Australia is preventable.

Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition, since many are hereditary. This information will help to determine if you’re at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition. If you do have a family history of eye disease of are above the age of 40, it is recommended that you visit an eye specialist every two years for review.

Wear protective eyewear when playing sports, frequently work with tools in a garden or mechanical environment. Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for the activity in which you’re engaged. Safety glasses can be fitted with prescription lenses with the help of an optometrist.

We recommend a suitable pair of sunglasses for all outdoor activity to reduce the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Sunglasses also play a key role in reducing glare.

Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes to reduce the chance of eye infection for yourself and others.

If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink, and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This short exercise can help reduce eyestrain.

Additionally, look after your vision by maintaining your general health. Maintain a good diet, avoid smoking, and partake in frequent physical exercise.

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