It is vital that people undergo regular eye examinations if they are to avoid the possibility of developing eye diseases and other problems, one expert has advised.
Tony Veverka, chief executive at Ultralase, said that many people do not realise how simple safeguards can help to prevent the onset of potentially blinding conditions.
According to the specialist, many of these conditions can be identified through an eye examination, which should be done every two to there years and can help to spot the signs of disease early.
He explained: "Regular eye examinations are essential - the signs of many conditions, both of the eyes and of the general health, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can be detected in a routine eye examination and treated at an early stage."
Speaking to the Star recently, ophthalmologist Dr Aloysius Joseph Low said that one of the signs of cataracts developing could be regular changes to people"s glasses or contact lens prescriptions.
by Martin Burns