Looking after your eyes is so important, however they can be easy to neglect as some serious eye problems don’t have any visible symptoms. When you do have a problem, it can be tempting to wait a few weeks to see if it gets better on its own. Mr Shahriar Nabili, Consultant Ophthalmologist for Eye Care Scotland at BMI Ross Hall Hospital, talks about the importance of having regular eye checks.
Having regular eye tests won't just tell you if you need glasses or a change of prescription, they are also important for checking your overall eye health.. Many general health problems and early signs of serious eye conditions can be spotted before symptoms appear and many of these conditions can be treated if found early enough.
Mr Shahriar Nabili, Consultant Ophthalmologist for Eye Care Scotland at BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow says: “Having regular check-ups is really important in protecting the health of your eyes and your sight. There are some serious conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration that, left untreated, can cause permanent problems, even blindness.”
“If you have any symptoms; disturbance of vision; pain; weeping; or redness, you must go for an eye check as soon as possible. Ophthalmologists can diagnose your problem and make sure you get the necessary treatment quickly, and hopefully avoid any permanent damage to your eyesight.”
Mr Nabili says: “I have been a consultant ophthalmologist for 10 years and I have seen some truly devastating eye damage that could’ve been avoided if the patient had been for an eye check earlier. At Eye Care Scotland, we have a dedicated team of consultant ophthalmic surgeons, optometrists and ophthalmic nurses. We take “Eye Health” very seriously and care greatly about our patients’ satisfaction.”
“Some people take their eyes and their eyesight for granted,” says Mr Nabili. “That is until something goes wrong and they realise how badly a serious eye condition can affect their life.
As well as having regular eye checks, there are other ways in which you can help protect your eye health, according to Mr Nabili:
- Feed your eyes from the inside out. Good eye health starts with good food. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration. Being a healthy weight also reduces the risk of diseases like Type 2 diabetes.
- Give up smoking. Smoking puts you at higher risk of cataracts, damage to the optic nerve, and also macular degeneration.
- Protect your eyes from the sun as well as your skin. A good pair of sunglasses will help protect your eyes from damaging UV rays that increase the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Choose a pair that blocks 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays
- Don’t overdo it with alcohol. Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of early age-related macular degeneration. Try to have several drink-free days each week and avoid binge drinking.
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