Protect your peepers this JulEYE
Did you know that 75 per cent of vision loss is preventable or treatable if detected early enough? Early intervention is critical, which is why the Eye Surgeons’ Foundation recommends that we have our eyes checked every two years.
To help raise awareness, and boost funding for vision research projects into the causes and cures of vision impairment and blindness, the Foundation is urging all Australians to have their eyes checked during JulEYE.
If you have a serious eye condition or noticeable changes to your vision, ask for a referral to an ophthalmologist from your GP. You’ll find information on where you can be tested here.
Protect your children’s vision
Eye disorders, contrary to popular belief, don’t just affect the elderly. Babies, children and teenagers can all lose their vision if problems are not picked up in time. In fact, the first eight years of a child’s life are critical for eye development.
A family history of eye disease puts your kids at greater risk, so it’s important that you discuss your family eye health history with your parents, and grandparents if possible, on both sides of the family and, if necessary, book eye tests for everyone.
There are also a number of things you can do to protect your children’s eyes. Here are five tips from The Eye Surgeons’ Foundation:
- Be Eye Aware: Early detection and treatment is the best defense against eye disease. Symptoms to watch out for include rubbing of eyes, poor hand-eye co-ordination, lack of concentration, complaining of headaches, and blurred or double vision
- Green is Good: Provide your child with balanced, nutritious diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and yellow vegetables such as pumpkin and carrot will help to keep your child’s eyes healthy
- Hats Help: Make sure that your child always wears a broad-brimmed hat when playing outside as this will reduce the amount of UV reaching your child’s eyes by up to 50 per cent
- Specs Appeal: When in the sun, make sure your child wears sunglasses with UV to protect their eyes from damaging UV rays
- Balls Galore: When playing sports that include high velocity ball action, such as tennis, soccer, basketball, squash and hockey, ensure proper safety measures are taken
EYECon Night Walk
Sydneysiders can help the Eye Surgeons’ Foundation raise further funds by participating in the all-ages EYECon Night Walk at the end of JulEYE. Starting at Barangaroo Reserve, Hickson Rd, Barangaroo at 5pm on Saturday July 29, you’ll get to see landmark locations like Sydney Harbour, Anzac Bridge, Circular Quay and the Overseas Passenger Terminal from different vantage points.
There are food trucks, face painters, and free glow sticks to light up the course as you walk. Tickets can be purchased here.
Fast facts about the Eye Surgeons’ Foundation
- Raised more than $24.5 million for vision initiatives since 2003
- Partnership with ORIA has supported more than 202 eye health programs since inception
- Raised more than $9.1 million specifically for vision research
- Helped more than 83,000 patients with sight-saving procedures across Asia Pacific since 2005
- Screened and treated more than 6,000 Indigenous Australians across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions since 2010