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Top tips to maintain good eye health

22 March 2017 Blog
Eye conditions can be life-limiting says St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals Ophthalmologist Dr Hessom Razavi, but following three simple steps can help you maintain good eye health.

"Impaired vision can be casued by a range of conditions including diabetic eye disease and cataracts," Dr Razavi said.

"In fact cataract surgery is the most common operation in the world.

"With the latest technology, it is a safe and painless operation and lead to improvement of vision for people."

However, Dr Razavi said maintaining good eye health can help reduce your risk of developing eye diseases and potentially avoid surgery.

Good eye health top tips

1. If you're diabetic or pre-diabetic speak with your GP or other health care providers to ensure your blood sugar and blood pressure is under control. Lowering blood sugars and blood pressure leads to a slowing down of diabetic eye disease which is the leading cause of poor vision for people of working age (40 to 60 year olds) in Australia.

2. Don't smoke or try to quit smoking if you do. As well as affecting your heart and brain health, smoking increases the risk of some eye diseases. The main one is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of blindness in Australia and is made worse if you smoke.

3. Have your eyes checked by your local optometrist at least once every two years. This is a good way of checking your glasses prescription as well as your general eye health. Some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, are silent and don't cause any symptoms in the early stages. By seeing an optometrist, glaucoma and other conditions can be picked up early, and you can be referred for treatment before they cause permanent loss of vision.

Hessom Razavi - Ophthalmologist

Associate Professor Hessom Razavi is a consultant ophthalmologist at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospital.

Hessom completed his medical degree and ophthalmology training in WA, followed by fellowships in Western Australia and Victoria. He was the inaugural Lions Outback Vision fellow in 2014, providing eye care in remote WA communities, with a focus on Aboriginal eye health. He then undertook a fellowship with Prof Robyn Guymer in Melbourne, focusing on retinal diseases and research.

Hessom's research interests include diabetic retinopathy, medical education and Indigenous eye health. He is an Associate Professor for the Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Western Australia.