How to take better care of your eyesight

80% of blindness is avoidable through early detection, prevention and treatment, explains Optometrist Andrew Cochrane.

As South Africa celebrates Eye Care Awareness Month (21 September to 18 October), Cochrane puts the spotlight on how to take better care of your vision.

Within the 80% of preventable blindness, 75% is the treatment of a cataract, a clouding of the eye's natural lens.

People with cataracts require spectacles and refractive care after receive the necessary eye screening.

He offers the following advice to take better care of your eyesight:

  • give your eyes a break from the computer screen every 20 minutes.
  • protect your vision at night by purchasing a blue light filter for your devices such as cellphones.
  • make sure you go for an eye exam when you experience changes to your vision.
  • avoid the long-term wear of lenses that cause peripheral blurring.

Cochrane fielded various questions from callers during Pippa Hudson's Health and Wellness feature.

Listen to the full conversation from The Pippa Hudson Show:

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