A new booklet has been launched, to promote eye health awareness in Ireland. The “Your Sight Our Vision” booklet details the lifestyle choices that can help to maintain healthy eyes.
The booklet, which is an initiative of the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO) is available for free.
Speaking about the need to drive eye health awareness, eye doctor, Patricia Quinlan from the ICO, says "We want people to be aware of how important lifestyle is for good eye health and the importance of reacting to any change people notice to their sight.”
After ageing, smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing eye diseases such as macular degeneration, (which can lead to vision loss) and also increases your risk of developing cataracts.
Simple lifestyle changes can have a big impact, like:
• giving up smoking
• eating a healthy diet
• having annual eye exams (or more often if your optician advises).
Dr Quinlan adds "People in the higher risk categories, such as diabetics, those with a family history of eye conditions and the over 50's, need to have regular eye examinations in order to catch early symptoms."
The new free eye health information booklet is available at local GP surgeries or by contacting the Irish College of Ophthalmologists on 01 402 2777 or firstname.lastname@example.org