Eye Health Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Presbyopia?

 

A very normal part  of aging that causes gradual loss of our ability to change  the shape of the lens of our eye, to focus at normal reading distance. Presbyopia cannot be prevented but it can easily be treated using correctly prescribed reading glasses or contact lenses.


What is age related Macular degeneration?


Macular Degeneration (MD) is an eye disease usually of older adults that results in progressive, painless loss of your central vision, leaving your peripheral vision intact. MD attacks the macula, the central part  of the retina. Decreased night vision, sensitivity to glare, the need for increased illumination or poor  colour sensitivity can mean something is wrong.


What are cataracts?

The hardening of the lens inside the eye, causing  a gradual loss of vision. Cataracts are very common and can be easily removed and replaced with a plastic lens by surgery.

What is Diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetes may affect the blood vessels at the back of your eye, causing  serious vision loss. This should  be detected and treated early and can require laser treatment.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the second  most common cause of blindness worldwide and the condition affects more than 300,000 Australians. Of this group, only half are currently diagnosed. Glaucoma refers to a disease where  the optic nerve is slowly destroyed. While it is more common
as people age, it can occur at any age and everyone should  have their first check for glaucoma by the age of 40. Although anyone  can get glaucoma, some people are higher  risk, including those with:

 

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