These conditions include near sightedness in children, which is on the increase, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which affects many working age adults and is the major cause of blindness in the UK today. Early detection is the key to solving these and other problems.
Here are some of the conditions which may affect you at the different stages of your life:
It is crucial for children to have regular eye tests, whether they wear glasses or not. As children don’t realise how well they should be able to see, it is rare for them to complain about sight problems. There are some ‘give away’ signs that can indicate possible problems and these include:
• 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 near-sightedness or myopia to develop. Teenagers should be encouraged to have regular eye examinations as problems left uncorrected can cause problems 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.
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.
Whatever your age, contact Vision Centre Gloucester at 114 Northgate Street or call on 01452 410494 to make an appointment for an eye test. For further information, or take a look round our website at www.visiongloucester.co.uk.