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Healthy eating and fitness is the way to go.Sun, 07 Nov 2010 07:06:31 +0000enhourly1http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1Why is it important to get my eyes tested?http://www.livingthehealthyway.info/2010/11/06/why-is-it-important-to-get-my-eyes-tested/

http://www.livingthehealthyway.info/2010/11/06/why-is-it-important-to-get-my-eyes-tested/#commentsSat, 06 Nov 2010 05:14:19 +0000Adminhttp://www.livingthehealthyway.info/?p=732Today’s guest post is brought to you by Tim Harwood

Tim Harwood is an Optometrist of 8 years experience having worked both in the UK and Australia. He has a specialist interested in laser eye surgery and Eye health. He also started a website aimed to help people compare laser eye surgery and cosmetic surgery clinics in the UK.

If you are reading the article with 20:20 vision, then you may be of the opinion that there is no reason for you to ever have an eye test. The first thing to say about this is that are you absolutely certain that your vision is as good as you think it is? Most people’s vision tends to deteriorate slowly over many years, meaning you would probably be unaware that is had occurred. Furthermore the eye test involves much more than just testing to see if you need glasses or not. The following lists some of the important reasons why you should always get your eyes tested regularly:

Eye diseases: During the early stages of many eye diseases such as Glaucoma or macular degeneration, there are no real symptoms, meaning you would be completely oblivious to the fact that you had them. Glaucoma describes the slow build up of pressure within your eye, that results in blind spots developing in your peripheral vision. Once these blind spots have developed they are cannot be treated and are considered irreversible. By picking Glaucoma up in the early stages, there is a good chance that you can prevent the blind spots from occurring. Likewise, there are some treatments of macular degeneration that are only effective if the disease is picked up early.

Driving standards: There are millions of people currently driving who are below the required legal standards. The most likely reason is that people don’t realise that they have any problems with their vision, as it tend to deteriorate slowly over many years. As well as the obvious dangers of driving below the legal driving standards, there is also the issue of your insurance. Car insurance companies are not required to pay out on claims if the person who was at fault is below the driving standards. This could be a very expensive lesson for teaching you the importance of getting your eyes tested!

General health conditions: If you are the kind of person who doesn’t feel the need to have regular eye tests, then the chances are you have the same opinion about going to the doctors! There are certain general health conditions such as diabetes, blood pressure and high cholesterol that can be picked up during an eye test. The condition that is most likely to be detected during an eye test is type 2 diabetes, which tends to occur in older people. There are very few symptoms associated with this condition, yet it can often be easily detected during an eye test. The small blood vessels at the back of the eye (retina) will often leak which is the classic sign for diagnosing the disease. Such patients will be referred to their doctor where they will be prescribed medication to get their diabetes under control.

This article only covers a fraction of what can be detected during an eye test but I hope it inspires you to pick up the phone and make an appointment. An eye test typically takes about half an hour and is only recommended every 2 years, hardly a major inconvenience. You can read more about eye health at Treatmentsaver which provides information on various eye conditions.

Millions of Americans at Risk for Vision Loss and Don’t Know It (aolhealth.com)

Eye implant breakthrough: blindness factfile (telegraph.co.uk)

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