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The eyes have it, make sure you keep it that way

Eyesight is easy to take for granted, until something goes wrong. That’s why it’s really important to take advantage of the free eye tests available in this country

Here’s a look at some of the common eye problems and the ways an optician can help.

Short-sightedness (myopia)

This happens when light focuses before it reaches the back of the retina. It’s commonly noticed in childhood when the youngster complains they can’t see in class. Spectacles may only be needed for some tasks. Long-sightedness (hypermetropia) When light doesn’t focus by the time it reaches the retina, the eye has to make a concerted effort to make the image clear. This can cause discomfort, headaches and even an inability to read. Spectacles may only be required for reading. Astigmatism

This describes an eye which is not perfectly spherical. Most eyes have a certain amount of astigmatism but not enough to need correction. A large degree of astigmatism can cause marked visual difficulties and spectacles will be required. Presbyopia

This is a condition which eventually affects all of us. Inside each eye is a flexible lens. As we age this becomes less flexible, which is why reading becomes more difficult. Spectacles will help with close-up tasks. Cataracts

These are caused by clouding of the lens. They are not painful but vision may be smudged or blurry. Most cases are caused by old age. The cure is surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear, artificial one. Glaucoma With glaucoma the optic nerve at the back of the eye is damaged. Almost all sufferers experience no symptoms until there has been significant damage to their sight.

The risk becomes significant once you are 40 and it increases with age. Anyone with a family history of the disease is more at risk, along with diabetics, very short-sighted people and anyone from an Afro- Caribbean background

Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) This happens when the delicate seeing-cells at the back of the eye stop working. It usually affects both eyes. The risk of getting it increases with age but poor diet, too much sun-exposure and smoking are all contributory factors. You are also more at risk if there is a family history of the condition.

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Amar Aslam of Vu Eyecare is a fully qualified Opthalmic Optician and has been delivering quality eye care for his clients for over 13 years. When we met with Amar he told us ‘Not everyone realises

that eye exams are free for all in Scotland and it is vitally important that everyone gets regular check ups to ensure that their eye health remains in good condition. An eye exam can not only detect short or long vision but can show subtle signs of other health conditions that can be more serious, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and in particular for the over 60’s, glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration (central vision). Parents should also ensure that their children see an optician regularly as young ones may not be aware that something is wrong. School vision screening checks are important but not a substitute for the full eye exam. It’s important that parents are aware of that.

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