By Dr Alex Spratt
Beraja Medical Institute

Routine checkup for the eyes

Your sight is precious. Good eye sight and healthy eyes allow us to appreciate our surroundings, take part in social events and to see ourselves in the mirror! Being able to see clearly is such an important ingredient in enjoying life.

People over the age of 40 should have an annual eye examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist as part of their normal health regime. Here are three reasons why…

1. For your general wellbeing:

Eye doctors are often the first people to detect a number of health problems, including diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Having a regular eye examination allows your eye doctor to evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

2. For your eye sight:

Much of eye care involves preventative medicine. Eye doctors are good at preventing loss of sight from diabetes and glaucoma – but only if they know about the condition! Unfortunately loss of sight from these conditions can be irreversible once it has happened. For this reason people with a higher risk of these conditions, including Hispanics and African Americans and those with a family history of these conditions, should have regular eye examinations from the age of 40.

3. For your lifestyle and your wallet:

Maintaining good sight means will mean that you will be able to keep doing the activities you enjoy and it will protect your freedom to have a driving license. Recent research also showed that early detection and treatment of diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure by eye doctors saved money in the long run.

Each person will have a different set of reasons as to why their sight is precious to them. All of them deserve the opportunity to preserve their sight and to preserve their enjoyment of life. This first step to achieving this is scheduling an eye examination.

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