Beat glaucoma with eye exam
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.