Sydney Ophthalmic Specialists is gearing up to help support the RANZCO Eye Foundation’s JulEYE campaign. JulEYE is The RANZCO Eye Foundation’s national eye health awareness month that takes place during July each year.
The RANZCO Eye Foundation recommends that you should have your eyes checked every two years. A regular check-up will help maintain eye health and detect any signs of disease early to allow the best chance of treatment given 75% of all cases of vision loss in Australia are preventable or treatable. Regular eye checks with an ophthalmologist will detect any signs of cataract, glaucoma, macular disease and diabetic eye disease.
Did you know that Macular degeneration is responsible for 50% of all vision loss and blindness in Australia?
Get your eyes tested this JulEYE. 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable if detected early enough, yet every 65 minutes an Australian loses part or all of their vision.
JulEYE aims to raise community awareness of eye health issues, raise funding for research projects into the causes and cures of vision impairment and blindness and support international development projects whose goals are aligned with those of The Foundation.
Vision loss can affect people at any time in their lives, and it will often happen gradually so that by the time it becomes noticeable, the damage is done.
Having a family history of eye disease puts you at greater risk of developing eye disease so it’s imperative to ask relatives about your family’s eye health history and have an eye check this JulEYE. If you have a serious eye condition or noticeable changes to vision, ask for a referral to an ophthalmologist.
Protect your children’s vision
Good eye health begins with regular testing from birth. The first eight years of a child’s life are critical for eye development. If problems are not picked up during this time, damage and vision loss can be permanent. If you’re a parent, you should be aware that regular eye checks are just as important to a young child’s overall health and well being as other health checks.
For further information, or to book an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists at Sydney Ophthalmic Specialists, call us on (02) 9241 2913. Or you can visit the RANZCO Eye Foundation website at www.eyefoundation.org.au