This condition, which causes damage to the optic nerve, is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. One in ten people over the age of 80 will develop glaucoma, and owing to the fact that there are no noticeable symptoms during the early to middle stages, the disease is often referred to as the “sneak thief of sight”. Though there is no cure for glaucoma, it can usually be controlled and further loss of sight associated with the condition can be prevented. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you get your eyes checked regularly.
Macular degeneration (MD) is a major cause of legal blindness throughout the developed world, generally affecting people over the age of 50. Symptoms may include difficulty reading or recognising faces, perception of straight lines becoming wavy, or dark spots in the centre of your vision. It is crucial to detect MD early, that is before symptoms develop, in order to save as much vision as possible. Our eye tests, as well as advice on what nutrition and supplements can help address MD, will help you protect your precious sight well into your later years. To keep your eyes healthy, it is important to adopt healthy nutritional habits. For example, maintaining a diet rich in anti-oxidants is one way to maintain macular health. A healthy diet can also help prevent conditions like diabetes that can debilitate your eyesight. Other lifestyle choices, such as not smoking and wearing prescription sunglasses, can help keep your eyes healthy.
This condition is a very common one that is often undiagnosed. Symptoms can vary from mild grittiness to severe discomfort, burning and even ulceration. The condition may exist on its own or be part of some other systemic condition such as Sjogren’s Syndrome or other auto-immune diseases. The causes of simple dry eye can vary and fall into one of two categories – evaporative dry eye and reduced aqueous production. Treatment will vary depending on the cause.
In order to comprehensively examine your eyes and accurately diagnose these conditions, For Beautiful Eyes utilises the latest technology. Our equipment includes:
We use this instrument to establish the integrity of a person’s visual field, both centrally – involving the macula and peripherally. Glaucoma for example may cause visual field deficits of which a person may be unaware but which can readily be detected in a visual field test. Field deficits may also be the result of brain injury tumours and aneurysms.
This technology allows us to acquire high resolution images of the anterior and posterior segments of the eye and is especially useful to the Optometrist in determining the urgency, or otherwise if a referral to an Ophthalmologist, in the case of any macula change.
High resolution photograph of the central posterior eye is taken and is excellent in documenting any changes over time such as at the optic nerve head.