18 July 2018
Eye Health Awareness Month – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes
JulEYE is The Eye Surgeons’ Foundation’s national eye health awareness month that takes place during July each year.
As Australia’s population ages, the number of people who are blind or have vision loss is expected to be over 800,000 by 2020.
Approximately 90% of vision loss is either preventable or treatable and approximately 80% of vision loss in Australia is caused by macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and refractive error. *
What can you do to prevent vision degeneration?
• If you are a smoker, QUIT;
• Be AWARE of your family history;
• Make your diet a healthy one INCLUDING fish, nuts, fresh fruit and leafy greens;
• If you have diabetes, have used corticosteroid medications long term, or have a history of eye injuries, be AWARE of making regular eye appointments;
• Be sun AWARE and use sunglasses when outdoors or driving; and
• Always be AWARE of sudden changes in your sight and have it checked immediately.
Interchange Australia is able to support you to attend to the many tasks of daily living you need if your vision is poor or deteriorating. We are also able to assist you to attend any appointments. Call 1300 112 334 and speak to one of our friendly and experienced consultants to learn more about our wide range of services that will be of assistance to you.
If a family member requires support because you are unable to be there, we can arrange services under our private care arm, Avec Care. Call 4868 6688 for more information.
*Vision Initiative Australia