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Eye health

Minor eye disorders are common. Over half the Australian population uses some form of vision correction, and nearly everyone will require some vision correction at some time during their life.

 

These are the most common eye disorders:

Cataract

A cataract is an opacity or clouding of the lens inside the eye. Cataracts can form for a number of reasons, the most common being increasing age. Symptoms of cataract may include a gradual painless decrease in clear vision, foggy or hazy vision and an increased sensitivity to glare.

UV protection can help to slow development of this condition.

The eventual “cure” is surgical removal of the lens inside the eye which is replaced with an artificial lens (intra-ocular lens implant). Typically this is done as a day-procedure under topical anaesthesia with no sutures or stitches required.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye disease where the pressure within the eye is usually increased (although not always). This can damage the nerve at the back of the eye, and if left untreated may result in blindness.

Often the symptoms are not noticeable until damage to the eye has already occurred. Diagnosis consists of having regular eye examinations which include a eye pressure measurement, to enable early detection of possible problems.

Macula Degeneration

Macular Degeneration is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys a persons central vision. Our macula is at the back of our eye, on the retina and this is responsible for central vision. Our macula is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common everyday tasks such as reading and driving.

Macular degeneration can advance so slowly that people fail to notice the gradual deterioration of their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a permanent loss of central vision.

While there is presently no cure for Macular Degeneration, there are steps that you can take to prevent or slow the progress of the disease and our Optometrists will be more than happy to discuss this with you.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetics should have their eyes tested every year. Diabetes affects the small blood vessels in the eye compromising vision. Early detection of any retinal disease is of utmost importance, as earlier treatment can lead to greater long term outcome.