Behavioral optometrist Mosman Sydney educates on serious eye problems
Gary Rodney, Smart Vision Behavioral Optometrist at Eyes InDesign Mosman, believes it’s important for people to understand blindness and visual impairment.
Shedding light on blindness and visual impairment
On World Sight Day last October, it was important to shed light on the categories of blindness and visual impairment as well as possible causes and treatments, and it is still so important.
Gary Rodney, Smart Vision Behavioral Optometrist at Eyes InDesign Mosman, believes it’s important for people to understand blindness and visual impairment. “There is a large population of blind and visually impaired people in the world. The severity of their blindness or impairment varies depending on the causes,” says Rodney.
People who are blind or partially sighted sometimes find it difficult to lead independent lives as they often lack opportunities and resources, especially in less developed countries. “There needs to be a shift in understanding of the causes of blindness and visual impairment and ways to treat the symptoms and support the visually impaired,” adds Rodney.
Common types of visual impairment include; loss of central vision, blurred vision, generalized haze, extreme light sensitivity and night blindness. A loss of central vision creates a blind spot in the middle of the eye and only peripheral (side) vision remains intact. This makes it difficult to read, recognize faces, and distinguish most details in the distance. Blurry vision causes near and far objects to blur. Widespread haze causes a constant feeling of film or glare that can cover the entire field of vision. Extreme light sensitivity occurs when normal levels of light become overwhelming to the visual system, resulting in washed out images and, in some cases, some level of pain or discomfort. Night blindness results in the inability to see in the moonlight or in dimly lit spaces.
Causes of blindness and visual impairment include; uncorrected refractive errors, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, corneal opacity and trachoma. “It’s important to make sure you have regular eye checks, including a full dilated eye exam, to prevent problems from getting worse,” Rodney says. There are ways to protect the eyes and prevent or manage vision loss. Try to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level, maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating well and exercising regularly, and wear protective eyewear whether at work or in the sun. Also keep up to date with family history of eye health. This will help determine if there are any eye diseases that could be hereditary.
Regardless of the eye condition, it is important to seek out a premium eye care solution with a Smart Vision Optometrist. The sooner a condition can be treated, the better the outcome. A Smart Vision optometrist can treat symptoms with a personalized wellness treatment program.
Smart Vision Optometry clinics are located in several suburbs of Sydney. For any concerns about your visual health, book a Smart Vision Comprehensive vision skills assessment Where Advanced eye health test for any child or adult by calling Mosman Clinic (02) 9969 1600 or Bondi Clinic (02) 9365 5047.
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