Three key things to know about eye care

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The ability to perform well in school and in life quite often is dependent on the quality of your hearing and seeing skills. If you want to ensure the longevity of your eyesight, you will need to think about it early. A clear vision that is sharp and with good focus helps you navigate on a day to day basis. It is important that we prioritise our vision and make sure that we are doing as much as we can to protect our eyes and prevent damage or degeneration. When we have bad or blurred eyesight, we can make mistakes, fall, have accidents. It is like someone has put blurry glasses on us and everything is hard to make out. This is potentially dangerous for both us and the people around us.

No matter what, get your eyes tested regularly

By getting your eyes tested regularly, you can prevent damage and sight loss. Picking up on age-related macular degeneration will also help you as there are exercises you can do to help strengthen your eye muscles or you can get contact lenses or eyeglasses to help you. A considerably large amount of eyesight problems (some say over 50 percent) can be prevented or treated. Having good vision can improve your day to day quality of life. You can also pick up on degenerative eye diseases and problems such as cataracts and glaucoma. Other health problems can also be diagnosed by optometrists through eye testing. If you don’t know where to get your eyes tested a quick Google search or Facebook recommendation for something like ‘eye clinic south Yarra’ should help you find a good spot close by. Call them and make an appointment.

Common causes of reduced vision

There are several causes of eyesight problems. One such problem, which we commonly experience, is what is called refractive errors. This is what causes us to be near-sighted or far-sighted. Other causes are if have abrasions or scarring on your cornea, cataracts or age-related macular degeneration. People with diabetes will experience eyesight problems when the blood sugar levels fluctuate and in fact it is possible to experience permanent partial or complete loss of eyesight. Infections in the eye, strokes, or direct trauma to the eyes are possible causes of visual issues.

Preventative measures

If you’re very sports orientated, especially if sports involve flying objects like squash, ultimate Frisbee or cricket, use sports glasses that will prevent injury in what is often considered a freak accident because freak accidents do happen from time to time. If you work at a laptop or computer, take regular breaks, focus on different objects from time to time to relax your eye muscles and use others. You can also do eye exercises that strengthen the muscles around your eyes,help with focusing and keep healthy eyes. If you work long hours on computers or in front of screens, stop every now and again and make a change of scenery. Go outside for a few minutes, look up and focus on different things at different distances. Your optometrist can also prescribe you with reading glasses that have an anti-glare which takes a lot of strain off your eyes when reading from a computer or laptop.

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