16.04.2012

"Get your eyes checked" as 40 approaches

"Get your eyes checked" as 40 approaches

By Adrian Galbreth

The approach to 40 years of age can mean many things to many people, but for all of us there is one inevitable factor – our eyes will begin to deteriorate.

Ageing is one process that can not be prevented, and our eyes are just as susceptible as the rest of our body, particularly as middle age comes into view.

However, one expert has pointed out that people can take a number of steps to help keep poor vision and the effects of eye disease at bay, with frequent eye tests being one of these.

Ophthalmologist Dr Barry Lee told Ozarks First that the early signs of a number of eye disease begin to manifest when people are around 40 years of age, and so check-ups are particularly important.

Although it is recommended that people of any age pay regular visits to have their eyesight evaluated, this is of vital importance among middle aged people when the likes of cataracts, presbyopia and glaucoma begin to develop.

"At the age 40, probably the main thing we see is a patient complaining of decreased near vision. There are a lot of things we can do in that eye exam to pick up early predictors of eye disease later in life," the expert explained.

He added that many people are also under the assumption that if a family member has an eye problem, then it is no guarantee that they will also develop the condition, but the truth is actually the opposite.

"It's very important that you know if your family has eye diseases that you go to your eye doctor and let them become aware of those conditions," he recommended.

By having regular tests and making experts aware of any family history of eye disease, people can ensure any issues are spotted early and action can be taken.

by Martin Burns


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