Eye advice for Over 60s: Yearly eye test can detect glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration

Free eye tests now at Specsavers Opticas in Fuengirola

Specsavers, the UKs most trusted opticians, are advising Costa del Sol residents over the age of 60 to have an eye test at least once a year. Older eyes are susceptible to diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts, which can be detected during an eye test. Early diagnosis can help prevent further damage in many cases. To encourage residents to have an eye exam, Specsavers Opticas in Fuengirola is offering its signature, UK standard eye test to anyone at no cost (no purchase necessary) until 21st May, 2011.

Optician Amrik Sappal of Specsavers Opticas in Fuengirola explains "Some people wait until their vision becomes impaired before having an eye test. This can be risky because some eye diseases have few noticeable symptoms until they reach an advanced stage. Our advice to those over 60 is : Make an annual eye test a part of your normal healthcare routine.?"

Common problems for the over 60s

Cataracts - The lens becomes opaque, blurring vision and even leading to loss of sight if left untreated. Early on, the condition may cause near-sightedness and the reduction in perception of blue colours.

Glaucoma - A build-up of fluid within the eye can increase pressure, which in turn damages the optic nerve. The loss of visual field often occurs gradually and slowly, and may be recognised by the sufferer only when at an advanced stage. This loss of vision can never be recovered, so prompt diagnosis is essential.

Macular degeneration - In older people, the macula ( the centre of the retina which is used for detailed vision ) thins and occasionally bleeds. This can lead to distortion, or even loss, of central vision. The sufferer may also have trouble discerning colours. Peripheral vision remains unaffected, but central vision loss is serious, so early diagnosis and treatment is vital.

Specsavers was voted Britain´s most trusted brand of opticians for the tenth year in a row by the Reader´s Digest Trusted Brands survey 2011.

For Specsavers Opticas store locations, visit www.specsavers.es.

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