I like to make each July eye health month for my guys, partly because it rhymes nicely, partly because it’s something quite relevant to them and obviously something valuable to raise awareness of. At my place, an optometrist is coming in to conduct eye tests and my educator will speak about eye health.
JulEYE is actually a campaign run by the eye foundation, check out the link for more info:
Here is some eye health info you might be able to pop in the newletter. Pinched from Vision Australia. I believe actually that they do bus trips – or I know they did a few years ago – worth a buzz if it’s something that your clients would be into.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the clear lens in the eye and is one of the leading causes of vision impairment.
While cataracts most commonly occur in those who are older, they can develop in younger people as well. Some are even born with a cataract.
What are the symptoms?
In its early stages a cataract may not cause vision problems. However some of the common signs associated with advanced cataracts include:
Distortion or double vision in the affected eye
A feeling of looking through a veil or curtain
Who is at risk?
Those most at risk include people who have:
A family history of the eye condition
An injury to the eye
Exposed their eyes to sunlight without protection over a long term
Smoked for a period of time
Can it be treated?
When symptoms begin to appear, vision may be improved through the use of new glasses, strong bifocals, magnification, appropriate lighting or other visual aids.
In more advanced cases, cataract surgery is very successful in restoring vision.