People should have regular eye tests, experts say

Posted on 19 April 2011

Older people, who possibly have long term care plans, should get their eyes tested regularly, experts have said.

Cathy Yelf, head of the Macular Disease Society, has said that people with a family history of macular disease should get their eyes tested often, and everyone should get them checked at least once every two years.

A poll by the organisation showed that 89 per cent of people are more worried about losing their sight more than any other sense.

"Even though people are frightened of losing their sight, our poll also showed that many people neglect their vision," said Ms Yelf.

"We know that sight loss leads to isolation and depression, sometimes even suicidal depression in many people."

This follows research from the University at Buffalo in New York, which said that women under the age of 75 with a high vitamin D status, were less likely to have early age-related macular degeneration.

Posted by Nigel Murphy



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