It goes without saying that as we only get one pair of them during our lifetime, it is vitally important to look after our eyes.
Many believe you can tell a lot about a person by looking into their eyes and there is more than element of truth in that statement.
If it is an ophthalmic specialist who is looking into your eyes then it would certainly be the case, as what they can see reveals a lot about not just your eye health but also your general wellbeing.
Regular examinations are essential
There are a number of conditions that develop over a period of time rather than immediately and this is one of the main reasons why regular eye examinations are essential.
You should aim to have an eye check-up at least once every two years at least so that your practitioner can identify any potential problems or symptoms that might need further investigation.
The health of your eyes can not only provide a warning sign that you may be developing a condition such as glaucoma but also provide some vital clues that suggest you may be suffering from more widespread problems.
Flat plaques on your eyelids with a yellowish tinge can often be a sign of a dangerously high cholesterol level and a yellow tinge that is affecting the whites of your eyes is a potential indication that you may have a problem with your liver or blood.
When you are being examined, the eye specialist will look at the back of your eye, which is known as a retinal examination, and may be able to detect the signs of complications such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
If you wear contact lenses, you can now order these online through a site such as Lenstore but it is still important to have regular checks even if you are having your contact’s delivered for added convenience.
Regular checks will help to identify the potential symptoms for glaucoma which is a relatively common problem when people reach the age of 40 and beyond. If un-detected, glaucoma can damage the nerve at the back of your eye due to raised pressure in the eyeball.
This is a condition that causes clouding of the lens at the front of your eye which is used to focus images on the back of the eye.
Cataracts are often associated with older age but they can occasionally be present at birth. It is a condition that is very often associated with smoking, an unhealthy diet or as a result of having diabetes.
The good news is that cataracts are very often easily treated with surgery but the bad news is that NHS funding restrictions have meant that many sufferers have had to wait until their vision has become badly affected before becoming eligible for surgery.
Your eyes are capable of performing highly complex tasks as well as being considered the window to your soul, so make sure that you treat them well and have them checked regularly.
Jon Carson is an optical researcher. He enjoys helping people understand the importance of and how to care for one’s eyes.