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Protect Your Vision with Regular Eye Check-ups

In a land blessed with a wealth of natural beauty, from the mesmerising Great Barrier Reef to the sprawling expanse of the Outback, our vision is our ticket to experiencing Australia in all its glory. 

However, many Australians may take their vision for granted. With an increasing number of people facing vision issues, there’s never been a more critical time to advocate for regular eye check-ups. After all, maintaining the health of our eyes is integral to fully experiencing the world around us.

The Eye-Opening Reality of Vision Impairment

According to Home – Vision 2020 Australia, it is estimated there are over 575,000 people in Australia sho are blind or vision impaired. More than 70 per cent are over the age of 65. 

These figures serve as a stark reminder of the importance of early detection and treatment. Regular eye check-ups with a trusted clinic can significantly reduce the risk of severe vision problems.

Unmasking Silent Threats

Several eye conditions can develop silently, without any apparent early symptoms. By the time you notice changes in your vision, the condition might be advanced, making treatment more challenging. Some of these ‘silent threats’ include:


Often labelled the “sneak thief of sight,” glaucoma gradually damages the optic nerve, causing tunnel vision. Early detection and treatment at Best Practice Eyecare can help manage the condition and prevent significant vision loss. An important part of any healthcare plan is compliance with the prescribed treatment including using your medications and attending appointments. 

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

A leading cause of vision loss, AMD affects the central vision, regular check-ups can help detect and manage its progression.

Diabetic Retinopathy

A complication of diabetes, diabetic retinopathy affects the blood vessels of the retina and can lead to blindness if not treated.

Australia’s Vision for the Future

The need for a nationwide vision strategy has been echoed by various health bodies. But beyond policies and initiatives, the power lies in the hands of individuals. Booking regular eye check-ups, being aware of family eye health history, and leading a healthy lifestyle are simple steps that can have a profound impact on vision longevity.

UV Protection: Not Just Skin Deep

Australia is renowned for its sunny days, but that sunshine comes with high levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Prolonged UV exposure doesn’t only harm our skin – it also impacts our eyes.

Cataracts, the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, have been linked to excessive UV exposure. Protecting our eyes with sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays is crucial. Don’t forget the Cancer Council’s 5 SunSmart Steps: 

SLIP on a shirt

SLOP on some sunscreen 

SLAP on a hat 

SEEK some shade

SLIDE on some sunnies

Digital Eye Strain: The Modern Malady

With the proliferation of digital devices, more Australians are spending extensive hours staring at screens, leading to Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. Symptoms include dry eyes, blurred vision, and headaches.

Regular eye exams with your Optometrist can ensure your prescription (if you have one) is up to date, and you can receive advice on how to minimise eye discomfort, such as the 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet (6 metres) away for at least 20 seconds and the use of lubricating eyedrops.

Nutrition: Fuel for Healthy Vision

What we eat plays a role in our eye health. Foods rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids can help ward off age-related vision issues like macular degeneration and cataracts. Regular eye checks are important to maintain optimal eye health, particularly after 50. 

Community Initiatives and Awareness Programs

The rise in eye health awareness campaigns across Australia underscores the need for regular eye check-ups. With trusted institutions like Best Practice Eyecare leading the charge, the future of Australia’s eye health looks bright.

The Multifaceted Benefits of Regular Eye Exams

There are many benefits of keeping up with your eye examinations, including:


  • Early Detection: Catching an eye problem in its infancy often leads to more straightforward and more successful treatment outcomes.
  • Updated Prescriptions: For those who wear glasses or contacts, it ensures you’re always equipped with the most accurate prescription.
  • Holistic Health: Eyes can hint at other health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even certain cancers.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that you’re taking proactive steps to safeguard your vision can be incredibly reassuring.

The Best Practice Way

The team at Best Practice Eyecare in Golden Beach, Sunshine Coast takes a comprehensive approach to eye health. With state-of-the-art equipment and a wealth of expertise, they can diagnose, treat, and manage a vast range of eye conditions.

They’re firm believers in the power of prevention and the pivotal role regular check-ups play in preserving optimal eye health.

Our eyes are more than just windows to our soul… they’re our gateway to the beauty of the world. By valuing their health with the same vigour we apply to other aspects of our well-being, we’re not just seeing clearly – we’re living fully. Remember, when it comes to vision, prevention is better than cure.

Love your eyes. Get them checked.

Best Practice Eyecare Ophthalmologists

Based on the Sunshine Coast, we provide ophthalmologist, eye care and surgical services of the highest standard. We treat and manage a wide range of eye conditions including cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration and more.

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