Prevention and Care
Eye disease can occur at any age. Many diseases do not cause symptoms until damage has occurred. Most blindness is preventable if diagnosed and treated early. Having regular eye examinations is an important preventative measure against eye disease and blindness.
Blepharitis (Eye inflammation)
Blepharitis is a common cause of eyelid and eye redness and irritation. Eyelid hygeine is the key to treatment and preventation.
Eye protection should be worn sensibly during work, play, hobbies or sport. For everyday, protective impact resistant spectacles in sturdy frames suffice. Polycarbonate is the recommended material for lenses and attractive designs in impact resistant glasses are available.
If only one of your eyes has good vision, protective glasses are even more important. Contact lenses do not provide protection.
Children should be taught the importance of eye protection.
Sunlight can be Dangerous
Exposure to ultra violet rays from the sun is thought to play a major part in the formation of pterygium and cataracts. Always protect your eyes from direct sunlight by wearing sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays, as well as a hat or sunshade. This also protects the skin around your eyes from sun exposure so reducing the risk of skin cancers. Wrap-around sunglasses work best, blocking UV rays from sneaking in from the side.
When at Work
When at work appropriate eye protection should be worn. Industrial safety glasses, side shields, full-face shields or even special goggles may be necessary.
Certain industrial or hobby activities may present such high risks to the eyes that they should be avoided altogether. Think of fireworks, for instance, which are illegal in Australia.
Protective sunglasses and seat belts should always be worn when travelling in a car to reduce injury to the eyes in case of an accident.
When Participating in Sport
Young, active people are often at a high risk of eye accidents. Risk varies with the type of sport, so participation requires a full understanding of the risks involved, and proper eye protection should be worn as a matter of course.
A young child’s parents should take responsibility for risk assessment and prevention. Some high risks sports are squash, boxing, wrestling and martial arts.
Living with one good eye
Up to middle age eye injuries are the leading cause of vision loss, but in later life age-related changes become more prevalent. Once a person has only one good eye, taking care of that eye becomes vitally important.
Any reduction of vision in the good eye may cause reading difficulties, job loss, loss of driver’s licence, diminished recreational skills, legal (20/200) or total blindness.
Protecting the good eye is absolutely essential. Eye protection should be worn at all times: during work, play, hobbies or sport. Children should be taught the importance of eye protection. For everyday, protective impact resistant spectacles in sturdy frames suffice.
Polycarbonate is the recommended material for lenses and attractive designs in impact resistant eyeglasses are available. Protective glasses should be used for the rest of one’s life, even when corrective glasses are not needed. Contact lenses do not provide protection.
Maintaining a Healthy Eye
Although the remaining healthy eye does not ‘wear out’ or ‘work harder’, regular eye examinations are more important than for a normal sighted person and should be scheduled in consultation with your ophthalmologist, or at any time new symptoms or problems arise.
Many of our patients are sent to us by referring doctors for a consultation, and we strive to promptly report our findings and recommendations. It is helpful if medications, x-rays or other tests related to your condition are brought with you to your appointment.
Dr Davies – Consulting
Tuesday – 8.00 am – 4.00 pm
Every 2nd Friday – 8.00 am – 4.00 pm (small procedures)