Eye test crucial to fighting blindness in Australia's ageing population.

Despite growing awareness of debilitating eye conditions, 10 million Australians are still not having regular eye tests according to latest research from Specsavers, putting their eyesight at risk.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in Australia, and in time for World Glaucoma Week, the leading optometry provider is calling on all Aussies, particularly those aged over 35, to book an eye test.

Latest Specsavers research1 shows despite high awareness of eye conditions, more than six million Australians over the age of 35 don’t have regular eye tests. This is putting them at risk of developing eye conditions such as sight-damaging glaucoma.

“Due to the lack of noticeable symptoms when glaucoma is in its early stages, half of all Australians living with glaucoma don’t actually know they have it2 . If it isn’t diagnosed before it takes their sight, they may be left with irreversible blindness,” says Geoff Pollard from Glaucoma Australia.

Taking the country’s ageing population into consideration, Specsavers Director of Optometry, Peter Larsen says regular eye tests every two years are crucial to ensure the eye health of all Australians. “With over six million Australians aged 35 and over not having regular eye tests, it’s important to educate about the dangers of glaucoma and urge Australians to have their eyes tested regularly, not just to prevent loss of vision in the future’s elderly, but also to build good health habits that will last across generations,” says Peter.

“Glaucoma is hereditary, so if your parents or grandparents were diagnosed, your chances of having glaucoma are a lot higher. The plus side is that if glaucoma is detected early, it can be treated and your sight can be saved. Also, in every bulk-billed eye test at Specsavers, we use the latest eye testing technology, including Digital Retinal Photography which takes a photo of the back of the eye, helping to track any changes in your eye health over time.”

References:

1Independent research by Galaxy, commissioned by Specsavers which captured 1,000 responses of Australians  aged over 18 years old in February 2017

2Glaucoma Australia, 2012

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