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The Importance of a Regular Eye Examination

As we get older our senses tend to decline and often one feels there is nothing that can be done. However, with regular eye care we have the opportunity to maintain good vision. Sight is one of our most precious senses and should be protected.

Even if your friends or relatives are not currently experiencing any visual problems it is important that they have a regular eye examination. An eye examination consists of two parts, a health check and a vision check. Both parts are very important for different reasons.

Health Check

This part of the eye examination can detect medical conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma, and high blood pressure. As many as 40% of elderly people have an undetected visual problem and early diagnosis may aid their treatment and improve their quality of life.

Vision Check

Obviously the health of the eyes is very important, but sometimes the major cause of seriously blurred vision is simply the need for correct spectacles. 98% of those over 55 require spectacles to correct their vision. Uncorrected vision can cause just as much distress as blindness due to eye disease.

In some cases a huge difference can be made with the correct spectacles. For example pictures, photographs or meals may be made clearer. A lack of visual stimulation often makes the effects of age or dementia much worse.

It is vital that residents are encouraged to wear the right spectacles at the right time.