Eye Diseases

Eye Diseases


Want good eyesight? Eat fish, stop smoking
We all know that smoking is a major risk factor for many diseases including heart and blood vessel disease, osteoporosis and various cancers. Perhaps less well known is the fact that smoking causes blindness. Smokers and people who have smoked are three times more likely to develop macular degeneration.

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Be eye wise in August
Clearly, we should take care of our eyes all year round; however, it’s during August each year when our attention is drawn to a particular eye condition – glaucoma. National Glaucoma Week seeks to raise awareness of what is known as the “silent” eye condition; so-called because there are generally no warning signs – or when warning signs do occur, they are dismissed as part of the ageing process.

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Good health gift ideas
For many people, Christmas has deep religious significance; for others, it’s simply a time to relax and enjoy a few days off work. But for almost everyone, this time of year has traditionally become one of celebration. Throughout many societies it is commonplace to exchange gifts or simply ‘season’s greetings’, and to express sentiments of peace and goodwill. Wishes of good health usually accompany greetings at this time of year; so, perhaps some healthy gift ideas could be worth a thought as well.

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Relieving red eye
In the human population “pink eye” or maybe more commonly in Australia, “red eye” are terms generally used to describe conjunctivitis, simply meaning inflammation of the conjunctiva, by whatever cause. (The conjunctiva is that thin, clear film that lies on the inside of the eyelids and covers the white part of the eyeball)

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Celebration of ageing
Living longer is a great thing, but we also need to remain healthy to enjoy our longer lives to their fullest. Unfortunately, debilitating conditions such as heart and kidney disease, diabetes, and some types of arthritis are more common in older people.

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Dealing with D words
For people with diabetes, having one chronic medical condition is usually quite enough of a challenge. When they’re told they are also more likely to develop another potentially serious disease, maintaining a reasonably bright outlook on life could become even more of a struggle.

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The Sneak Thief of sight
It is often called the “Sneak Thief of Sight” and it affects one in ten Australians over the age of 80.

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The vision to make a difference
Every 65 minutes an Australian loses part or all of their vision. This is a distressing health statistic, but the good news is about 75 per cent of vision loss is preventable or treatable if detected early enough.

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