WITH summer underway UV protection is high on the agenda. Everyone knows the damage that comes with sunburn and it only takes a little sunburn to remind us to slip, slop, slap, but eye protection from the sun is also very important, especially here in Australia where, due to high UV exposure, cancers in the eyes are more commonly encountered.
OPSM optometrist, Lyn Hsieh said, “People can sometimes forget to protect their eyes from the sun and in Australia, eye cancer is a problem. High UV also causes cataracts and pterygiums, which appear as little growths on the surface of the eye. Wearing sunglasses helps to protect your eyes.”
Lyn talked to me about the importance of early detection in relation to eye health and said, “Previously only available to ophthalmologists, the Optos Daytona ultra wide digital retina scan is now available exclusively to OPSM and when it comes to eye health, early detection is incredibly important. All too often, eye diseases are discovered once it’s too late. For better treatment outcomes, patients should have their eyes checked every year for those 65 and over, and every two years for younger patients.
Lyn invites health fund members to take advantage of OPSM’s current deal with up to 30 percent off lens extras up until December 31 2016 when most health funds roll over for the new year. Call the team at OPSM on 5821 3861 or visit them at 178 Maude Street, Shepparton.