Jai Panchapakesan is promoting World Sight Day.
Jai Panchapakesan is promoting World Sight Day.

Save sight with quick check-up

LOSING sight of what is important? Well, today is the day to get your eyes tested.

Today is World Sight Day and optometrists and eye surgeons are hoping people get their eyes looked at.

Bundaberg eye surgeon Dr Jai Panchapakesan said this year's theme was saving sight by early detection of preventable eye disease.

“Every year I see patients whose sight could have been saved by a simple annual eye check,” he said.

Bargara optometrist Geoff Blackwell said while blindness and vision impairment may not be life threatening, the effects could be debilitating.

“People with vision loss are twice as likely to fall and be socially dependent, three times more likely to suffer from depression, and are admitted to nursing homes up to three years earlier than the rest of the population,” he said.

Dr Panchapakesan said 90% of his patients were visiting him with diseases that could have been caught earlier.



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