24.02.2012

Vision checks "essential" for every person

Vision checks "essential" for every person

By Alexa Kaczka

It is vital that every person undergoes regular eye tests to evaluate their vision, no matter how old they are, one expert has pointed out.

Dr Joseph Feder, a board-certified ophthalmologist at the Aurora Health Center, told HTR News that the major reason for this is that regular exams can detect eye problems at an early stage, when they are easier to treat and less likely to damage people's vision permanently.

"Not all age-related eye conditions are routine. At every eye exam, we are on the look-out for potentially devastating eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration (AMD). These diseases often begin 'silently' and, if left untreated, can cause blindness," he explained.

While there is no permanent cure for certain eye conditions, they can be significantly slowed with proper medical treatment, which can be administered early if the disease is identified through an eye test, the expert explained to the site.

It comes after Clara Eaglen, policy and campaigns manager at the Royal National Institute of Blind People, recently said that regular eye tests carried out at least every two years can pick up conditions such as AMD or glaucoma and help to safeguard people's vision.

by Alexa Kaczka


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