Eye health: Take care of your vision

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Eye care for everyone: Optometrist Katherine La from Specsavers Wollongong recently travelled to Papua New Guinea offering eye examination and spectacle correction in remote communities.

Eye care for everyone: Optometrist Katherine La from Specsavers Wollongong recently travelled to Papua New Guinea offering eye examination and spectacle correction in remote communities.

Our eye sight is so important. It plays a vital way in mobility, function, how we do our jobs and how we enjoy life.

In fact, sight is the sense that people fear losing the most, and yet there are still people who don’t make maintaining their eye health a priority.

Optometrist Katherine La from Specsavers Wollongong says it is important that people get an eye check at least every two years.

“The benefits of regular eye checks is that many eye conditions that can affect vision, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts, can be detected before you actually have any symptoms,” she said.

“Of course the sooner these problems can be detected the sooner treatment can be commenced, limiting any potential loss of sight.

“An examination of the retina can also show early signs of general health issues such as diabetes and hypertension.”

Many people worry about the cost of getting an eye examination but at Specsavers Wollongong all eye tests are bulk billed, so there really is no reason to keep putting it off. Even if you do require glasses, they start from a low $39.

Children should also have regular eye checks and it is recommended they have their first eye test by the age of three.

“Testing before your son or daughter goes into full-time education means that any problems that they may have are identified early, setting them up for a happy and fulfilling school life,” Katherine said. “Conditions such as squint and amblyopia (lazy eye) can be treated more effectively if they are picked up earlier.”

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In the early years, vision helps children find out about the world around them. Later, as they go through school, their eyesight let’s them learn and discover – in fact, about 80 per cent of what is taught in schools is presented visually. Being able to see clearly is therefore incredibly important in your child’s overall development.

Specsavers Wollongong has friendly and experienced staff and the four optometrists have a combined experience of more than 70 years.

Katherine has been practising in Wollongong for four years and now calls Wollongong home. She recently travelled to Papua New Guinea offering eye examination and spectacle correction in remote communities.

“While challenging, it was extremely rewarding. Our store was actively involved in a spectacle collection program where donated spectacles from our patients were cataloged and distributed during the trip.”  

Katherine has a passion for optometry and a special interest in children’s visual assessment and management.

“I look forward to looking after the eyes of the residents of Wollongong for many years to come.”