Eye Health is so important
Optometrists can prescribe glasses and contact lenses, and a limited range of medications. They can diagnose and monitor eye disease and also provide referrals directly to ophthalmologists if surgery or complex therapeutic treatment is needed. Eye examinations undertaken by optometrists are covered by Medicare and are usually bulk billed. You don't need a referral is required to see an optometrist. (Vision Australia)
Eye health is not something to be taken lightly, not only can a good check from a professional optometrist can not only check your eye health but other health issues, like diabetes, high blood pressure and vascular disease - your eyes can be the window to your body's health.
Finding an optometrist that suits you and can make you feel comfortable is the most important aspect of looking for an optometrist and it can be difficult and with Applecross's main Employment industry being Healthcare there are just so many options and choices for you go through to find an Optometrist suited to you. (Melville Employment industry)
What to look for when picking an optometrist in the Applecross area
Dispensing opticians are often in partnership with Optometrists - looking for an optometrist that employs a dispensing optician is always a good idea.
Dispensing opticians make and dispense glasses, and contact lenses from the prescriptions written by ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists. Some manufacture spectacles on site as well as do repairs and adjustments. Some dispensing opticians are employed by large corporations but many are self-employed in private practice or in partnerships with optometrists.
The Top two age groups in Applecross are the 55-59 age group and 20-24-year-olds so what eye health issues affect these two age groups as they are the most common in the Applecross area.
The 55 to 59 age group have a lot of age-related eye problems and during this time is when eyesight can start to deteriorate.
Macular Degeneration - affects more than 1.5 million Australians over the age of 50. Regular eye tests are the best way to deal to detect and prevent serious eye damage. This is why it is important that you find an optometrist that you are comfortable seeing regularly. (Eyes on the Future)
Cataracts - it is estimated to affect around 31% of people aged 55 or older. Once again regular check-ups can have early detection which can assist with treatment and help you to get a specialist if that is what is needed. (The Department of Health)
Presbyopia- is the natural result of the ageing process and will cause blurred vision when looking at things closer to you. It is important to be careful when you get a prescription as a wrong prescription can cause more damage.
The 20-24-year-old age group will have less age-related health issues and more general eye health issues.
Diabetic Retinopathy -is the leading cause of preventable blindness in Australia and regular eye checks are vital to detect and inlist treatment.
Make sure to have regular check-ups to keep general eye health in check and keep your eyes healthy.
There are many issues that can be prevented or reduce the extent of damage done by regular check-ups and this is why it's important to find an optometrist you trust in the Applecrossarea.
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