Tasmanian health minister Michelle O"Byrne recently urged people to carefully monitor their own eyesight, particularly those over 40 who may already be wearing contact lenses or spectacles.
Ms O"Byrne is launching a campaign designed to promote greater awareness of eye health, as figures suggest that over 500,000 Australians are currently affected by vision loss, though 75 per cent of cases could have been prevented.
"The best way to save your sight is to have your eyes tested regularly. If people don"t have regular eye tests, vision loss and blindness in Australia is set to double by 2020," the minister warned.
She explained how testing can help eyecare professionals detect glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts.
Dr Mark Lynn, the owner of 15 Dr Bizer"s VisionWorld sites, gave similar advice to glasses and contact lens wearers recently.
He said that the best way to prevent blindness was to receive regular eye checks and maintain a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise.
by Alexa Kaczka