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“Experts urge, “”Get your eyes tested!”


10 October 2013 is World Sight Day, a global initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about eye health. Under the theme “Universal Eye Health” the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness and Vision 2020 Australia are urging everyone to “Get your eyes tested.”

Many of us are at risk of eye disease, especially as we grow older. Yet most eye diseases don’t cause pain or other noticeable symptoms as they develop – until it is too late. Putting off a thorough eye exam can have tragic, life-changing results.

“If you haven’t had an eye exam in the past two years, I would urge you to book an appointment with your optometrist or ophthalmologist to get your eyes tested. This is particularly important if you have a family history of eye disease,” says CERA Managing Director Professor Jonathan Crowston.

“Vision loss from some of the major blinding eye diseases is irreversible, so early detection and timely treatment is vital.”

This year, CERA is celebrating World Sight Day with a Community Information Session on Macular Degeneration, the major cause of blindness in Australians aged over 50.

The session will be hosted by Deputy Director Professor Robyn Guymer and feature a selection of CERA’s top Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) researchers. To find out more about the event or to book your place, go to Events.

Image courtesy of Vision 2020 Australia