Here are some of the conditions which may affect you at the different stages of your life:
Regular eye tests for children are vital, whether they wear glasses or not. Children don’t always realise how well they should be able to see, so it is rare for them to complain about sight problems. Here are some ‘give away’ signs that can indicate possible problems:
• Sitting too close to the television
• Rubbing eyes more than usual
• Blinking a lot
• One eye turning in or out
Teenage years are the prime time for development of near-sightedness or myopia. Teenagers should be encouraged to have regular eye examinations as if left uncorrected problems may arise in the future with work, sport or social interaction.
Vision changes are part of the ageing process and over time the eye’s natural lens will become less flexible. The muscles controlling its shape also grow less efficient. This can make adjusting between distance and reading vision difficult and is a common problem for many of us known as presbyopia.
This condition often develops during your 40s so it is a good idea to have a check-up. Prescription reading glasses may well be the simple solution.
Your 60s and onward
As you reach your 60s there is a higher risk of developing problem eye conditions. Cataracts, for instance, are common and if left untreated can lead to blindness. If detected early they can be easily treated.
AMD is most prevalent in over 65s. Again, early diagnosis can lead to prevention and rapid degeneration avoidance.