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CARE FOR YOUR EYES

An eye exam and a pair of glasses can enable you to see clearly, making it easier to work, care for your family and, for your child, easier to learn at school.

Why regular eye examinations are important

Early diagnosis of eye conditions is often the key to preventing permanent damage and blindness. Regular eye examinations help ensure that eye conditions are identified early enough for preventative action to be taken.

Why should I have my eyes checked?

Everyone should have their eyes checked every two years. More importantly if you are over 40 years old, have diabetes, high blood pressure, cataracts or wear glasses. It is crucial to seek an examination if you are unable to see things clearly from a distance, struggle to see clearly when you are reading or doing other close work, or have red, itchy or painful eyes.

Should I have my child’s eyes checked? - Yes!

Children should have their eyes checked every year, particularly if your child is:

  • Has an eye turn
  • Has red, itchy or painful eyes
  • Is unable to see things clearly close up or at distance
  • Has headaches
  • Has one or two parents with eye problems
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Vision centres

Brien Holden Vision Institute establishes vision centres and clinics around the world where eye care professionals are equipped to:
  •     Offer you low cost glasses
  •     Examine your eyes
  •     Check your eye health
  •     Refer you for further eye treatment when needed

Everyday factors which can affect your eye’s health

Caring for your eyes needs to be a normal part of your lifestyle for long term good health. Close to 80% of vision impairment is avoidable but early detection and timely treatment of eye problems is essential.

There are many lifestyle and environmental factors that can affect your eye health and that of your children, but with some simple strategies some common eye conditions can be avoided. Following the lifestyle tips below will greatly improve your eye health.
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Who can check your eyes?

Access to eye care personnel differs across the world – below is a list of the people that can help you:

Community health workers and community nurses can provide eye screenings and can often take case histories and visual acuities (measurement of vision).  

Eye health workers, refractionists and ophthalmic nurses can provide eye screening, take case histories and check visual acuity. They can also check for some common eye conditions such as trachoma, binocularity test (how well both eyes work together), colour vision and if facilities allow, may take retinal photographs.

Optometrists provide a comprehensive eye examination including refraction and spectacle provision as well as diagnosing common eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataract.

Ophthalmologists can provide a comprehensive eye exam and can treat eye conditions and offer surgery for conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, cataract and trachoma.

Everyday factors which can affect your eye’s health

Caring for your eyes needs to be a normal part of your lifestyle for long term good health. Close to 80% of vision impairment is avoidable but early detection and timely treatment of eye problems is essential.

There are many lifestyle and environmental factors that can affect your eye health and that of your children, but with some simple strategies some common eye conditions can be avoided. Following the lifestyle tips below will greatly improve your eye health.
Safety
Accidents can happen at home or work and it’s important to be aware of the dangers and protect your eyes to avoid injury. If you are working with cleaning chemicals, welding, gardening with fertilisers or working with sharp objects or tools, it is very important to wear safety glasses.

Once you have finished it is advisable to wash your hands and remember to store chemicals, fertilisers and tools away from children.
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