Beat glau­coma with eye exam

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - GIVE­AWAY

Did you know al­most half the New Zealand pop­u­la­tion know noth­ing about their fam­ily’s eye health his­tory?

This July is Glau­coma Aware­ness Month and we’ve got free eye exam pack­ages to give­away thanks to Spec­savers.

To en­ter, all you need to do is email edeb@snl.co.nz. Please in­clude your full name, postal ad­dress and con­tact phone num­ber. Don’t for­get to put ‘‘Eye Exam’’ in the sub­ject line. En­tries close on July 31.

Glau­coma is a group of dis­eases which dam­age the eye’s op­tic nerve over time. The nerve fi­bres die which ini­tially takes away a per­son’s pe­riph­eral or side vi­sion. There­fore vis­ual loss goes un­de­tected un­til it is quite ad­vanced.

Ki­wis are be­ing en­cour­aged to proac­tively dis­cuss fam­ily eye health due to the strong hered­i­tary link to the dis­ease and have reg­u­lar eye ex­ams. Th­ese are the best pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures that can be taken against glau­coma, the ‘silent thief of sight’.

Glau­coma New Zealand rec­om­mends an eye ex­am­i­na­tion ev­ery five years from the age of 45 and ev­ery three years from the age of 60.

How­ever, at any age, if you no­tice changes in your eye­sight then an ex­am­i­na­tion is rec­om­mended. If you have risk fac­tors for glau­coma, such as fam­ily his­tory, then you may need your eyes checked more fre­quently.

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