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Eye Care Awareness

Eye Care Awareness

Are you one of millions of people around the world walking around with a sight-threatening eye disease? Unless you have your eyes checked regularly by an eye care professional, you might not even be aware that your sight may be in danger.

October is Eye Care Awareness Month. This South African initiative is aimed at creating national awareness around the importance of eye health. 80% of blindness is avoidable and the message that blindness can be prevented is central to this initiative.

Some diseases, like glaucoma, have no early warning signs. Instead, vision deteriorates silently and painlessly until it results in total blindness. But if detected early enough and is correctly treated,

vision loss and blindness may be prevented.

Eyesight is one of the most precious gifts a person can have. Most eye conditions can be successfully treated if detected early. That’s why we encourage you to have your eyes checked this October, during Eye Care Awareness Month, and take practical measures to protect your eyes like wearing sunglasses and protecting your eyes against injuries.


Some common causes of preventable blindness

  • Cataracts
  • Uncorrected refractive error
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Hypersensitive retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Ways to love your eyes and save your vision

A few simple habits can make all the difference in ensuring that you retain good vision throughout your life. We have listed a few useful guidelines for you to follow below.

  • Have a comprehensive annual eye exam
  • Maintain good blood sugar levels
  • Know your family’s eye health history.
    Some eye conditions have a strong genetic link.
  • Eat right to protect your sight.
  • Wear protective eyewear
  • Quit smoking
  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors
  • Practice workplace eye safety.
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