For your eyes only

2015-09-17 06:00

The eyes may be proclaimed the windows to the soul, but, in truth, they are extensions of the brain. This fact makes the eyes very vulnerable sensory organs: vulnerable to injury, to bacteria and viruses, and to deterioration of their internal structures. This can lead to loss or weakening of eyesight, and even to systemic illnesses. Nobody wants to lose his eyesight. Though many eye-problems may be minor and will clear up with self-treatment, some may be serious and demand urgent medical attention. With age come vision changes and the increasing risk of developing more serious eye problems.

Although some eye problems cannot be prevented, new surgical techniques or medications can slow or even halt the progression, and people can improve their eyesight with “old fashioned” glasses or contact lenses or laser surgery, lens implants or other new surgical techniques.

You need to know what you can treat at home, which problems can be remedied or corrected with glasses or contact lenses or surgical procedures, and when to seek urgent medical attention.

Useful resources: South African National Council for the Blind (012 452 3811). Ophthalmological Society of South Africa

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