Ophthalmologist Dr Nathan Walker recommends routine eye checks.
Ophthalmologist Dr Nathan Walker recommends routine eye checks. David Nielsen

Eye problems easily prevented

BLINDNESS and vision loss are distressing conditions that can often be prevented.

Ophthalmologists such as Dr Nathan Walker are urging people of any age to have regular eye checks, which can detect serious health problems such as diabetes and glaucoma.

“The most common condition I come across is cataracts, which are now quite readily treatable,” Dr Walker said.

“The lens inside the eye goes cloudy and it is much more common with advancing age.”

Dr Walker also offers a few tips on general eye care.

“There’s some common sense involved in eye protection in the workplace, like not removing goggles while at risk,” he said.

“More generally, it is a good idea to wear sunglasses when outdoors.

“It’s recommended that kiddies have their eyes tested before they start school.”

To find eye test locations, visit www.eyefoundation.org.au.



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