People often value their eyesight as the most important of the senses. Yet every year many people suffer loss of vision that could have been prevented or treated. This happens for many reasons. Some people believe, if they can see well, that they have healthy eyes. They may not notice a gradual change in their vision. Others believe changes in vision are just down to age while some think visual problems will go away on their own.
The ‘Your Eyes – Better Sight Manual’ was created to help people better understand the most common eye disorders and more importantly to remind us all that:
- Regular eye checks are a vital part of our general healthcare.
- Eye tests are not just about glasses.
- Sometimes poor sight may be due to something else that needs medical investigation
No matter how small an eye problem seems, always visit a qualified eye care professional for advice sooner rather than later. While there is no substitute for regular eye tests, certain eye conditions have characteristic signs and symptoms that if you experience or notice, you should have your eyes checked. The good news is that many eye problems can be prevented or treated and the sooner you take action, the better your eyesight will be. Ignoring the problem can be the worst thing to do.
To mark the publication of the latest version of the manual, the European Forum Against Blindness (EFAB), the European Coalition for Vision (ECV) and EU-EYE organized a networking dinner in support of early diagnosis, better preventative management and better vision. The dinner was organised under the patronage of Irish MEP Marian Harkin in the European Parliament in April.
During the event, participants had the opportunity to test their knowledge about the facts, fiction and myths around eye prevention and treatment during an interactive quiz.
To view the manual: Your_Eyes_Booklet-26.01.16