Eye Care Awareness Month

2017-09-20 06:00
Pay special attention to your eyes. PHOTO: SOURCED

Pay special attention to your eyes. PHOTO: SOURCED

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

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

Eyesight is one of the most precious gifts a person can have. That’s why we encourage you to have your eyes checked this September to October­, during Eye Care Awareness Month (Ecam).

Many people don’t pay much attention to their eyesight or the health of their eyes. It’s unfortunate as 80% of blindness is avoidable.

Most eye conditions can be successfully treated if detected early. Get your eyes tested, and take practical measures to protect your eyes like wearing sunglasses and protecting your eyes against injury.

Yumna Hassim, trading as A Moodley Optometrist, is dedicated to taking the precious gift of sight to those who cannot afford it. As September and October marks Eye Care Awareness Month, we aim to celebrate it by taking the initiative­ to promote good eye health and spectacle packages at reduced prices.

Your vision is a great gift. Please pay it the attention it deserves.


• Visit an optometrist or doctor regularly and don’t ignore problems with your eyes. This way you can detect and treat eye conditions early on.

• Protect your eyes from damage or scratches from foreign objects that can lead to infection or damage. Wear protective eye-wear when working with equipment that may cause shards to fly into your eyes.

• Wear sunglasses that give your eyes proper protection from the damaging rays of the sun.

• Take regular breaks from your computer screen to minimise eye strain and the development of eye-focusing problems.


- A Moodley Optometrist


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