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Saturday 23 August 2014

Routine eye exam prevents loss of vision

A routine eye exam can prevent loss of vision. Photo: Getty Images.
A routine eye exam can prevent loss of vision. Photo: Getty Images.

The importance of having a regular routine eye exam to help prevent avoidable glaucoma-related vision loss cannot be over-emphasised, says Dr Aoife Doyle an ophthalmologist at The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital.

"With early diagnosis and careful regular observation and treatment, damage can usually be kept to a minimum, and good vision can be enjoyed indefinitely.

"It's crucial that people remember that once vision is lost to glaucoma, it cannot be restored", Dr Doyle, who specialises in medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma patients, explains.

It is estimated that 3pc of people over 50 in Ireland have glaucoma and it is expected to increase with an expected rise of 33pc between 2011 and 2021.

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