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If this happens, see your Optometrist

If your sight is starting to fade and you realise that your eyes might not be as perfect as they once were, it might be time for an eye test. Check out our list of nine symptoms that should get you to call and make an eye appointment.

Ideally, one eye exam every year should help you to stay on top of your eye health, but some people might need to schedule more than one exam in a year. Vision can change quite a bit over the course of a year, especially for those over the age of 50, and it is important to know when you need to schedule an exam.

Here are nine things to remind you that you should book an eye exam:

  1. Your eyes are red, dry, itchy, or you are seeing spots, flashes of light, or floaters.
  2. You have diabetes or another health condition that affects your eyes. Also, if you have a family history of conditions like diabetes or glaucoma you may need exams more often, especially as you move into your 50s and beyond.
  3. You can’t remember when you last had an eye exam. If it’s been longer than a year, you’re overdue.
  4. You have difficulty driving at night and seeing street signs in the dark.
  5. You experience eye strain, headaches and/or blurred vision after spending an extended amount of time in front of a computer screen.
  6. You get motion sick, dizzy, or have trouble following a moving target.
  7. You hold books or the newspaper further away from your face and squint or close one eye to read them clearly.
  8. You notice any changes in your vision, especially after an incident of head trauma.
  9. You have dark spots in your vision.

Don’t wait until you experience any of these nine things before you schedule an eye exam. Keep in mind that an eye exam benefits more than just your eyes. Your eye doctor can detect a wide range of diseases like diabetes and macular degeneration just by looking at your eyes.

Book an appointment with Five Dock Eyecare.

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Macular Degeneration

Minimise the risk of Age-related Macular Degeneration

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss among elderly people, who slowly lose their central vision. In time, a person with macular degeneration may find it difficult or impossible to read, drive or recognize familiar faces.

But there are a number of things you can do to minimise the risk of developing AMD:

  1. Don’t smoke: Smokers are up to four times more likely than non-smokers to have macular degeneration
  2. Eat plenty of dark, leafy green vegetables, such as raw spinach: people who consume the most vegetables rich in carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) have a 43 percent lower risk of AMD than those who eat these foods the least. Carotenoid-rich vegetables include dark, leafy greens, especially raw spinach, kale and collard greens.
  3. Take a balanced multivitamin/multimineral supplement: Your doctor or pharmacist can recommend the best one for you.
  4. If you already have AMD, ask your doctor about other supplements specially formulated for macular health.
  5. Eat fish or take a fish oil supplement.
  6. Exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy weight.
  7. Eat fruit and nuts daily.
  8. Limit your intake of refined carbohydrates (high-glycemic index foods): Diets high in refined carbohydrates increase the risk of AMD.Highly refined foods have a high glycemic index, causing a rapid increase in blood sugar and insulin release. Examples of refined carbohydrates include white bread, white rolls, baked white potatoes, donuts and pretzels. Low glycemic index foods include most fruits, brown rice, multi-grain and whole grain breads, apple juice and carrot juice.
  9. Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control.
  10. Wear sunglasses outdoors to block UV and blue light that may cause eye damage.
  11. Have regular eye exams.

It is always important to see your Optometrist if you think you might have a problem with your eyesight.  You can book an appointment online with Five Dock Eyecare.