JulEYE is an awareness campaign through the month of July encouraging us to think about the health of our eyes.
Australian & New Zealand Eye Foundation (ANZEF), the charitable arm of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), say that JulEye has three core aims. These are:
- to raise community awareness of eye health issues
- to raise funding for research projects into the causes and cures of vision impairment and blindness
- to support international development projects whose goals are aligned with those of ANZEF
For 2020's theme ANZEF also urge us to avoid preventable injuries, be they from chemical burns, from penetrating injuries, or from small particles and irritants.
ANZEF pointed out that 30 per cent of eye injuries occur in the home, and activities like DIY projects, gardening or vehicle repairs are common causes, adding that the simple act of wearing eye protection manufactured to meet Australian standards which is suitable for the task and fits properly can prevent such injuries.
For our personal eye health the team at Canberra Eye Surgeons (CES) say JulEYE is a good reminder to get checked for common conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, macula degeneration or diabetic eye disease, or any other treatable conditions.
You can get a referral from your GP or optometrist and then make an appointment to see one of their ophthalmologists.
CES says "Glaucoma is a set of common, silent, eye diseases in which the optic nerve at the back of the eye is slowly destroyed. Eventually, it effects one in seven Australians and occurs more commonly in those with a family history of glaucoma."
Symptoms of cataracts can include blurring of central or peripheral vision, increased sensitivity to glare, and a change in the appearance of colours such as yellowing or fading.
Meanwhile "Macula degeneration causes progressive, loss of central vision, affecting the ability to drive, recognise faces, read and see fine detail," and it's "the commonest cause of severe visual loss in Australia."
Diabetic eye disease "is the set of visual complications of diabetes." CES say very few diabetics suffer significant visual loss, but "of those that do, the loss was often preventable and is irreversible." Checks every two years after diabetes diagnosis are recommended.
ABOUT THE PRACTICE
Canberra Eye Surgeons is the largest and longest-standing Canberran ophthalmology clinic, proudly providing care of the highest standard for Canberrans and surrounding areas for over 25 years, with a long-established relationships with all optometrists and GPs around Canberra.
"We have recently moved to a purpose-built, modern premises in more centrally-located Deakin," the team says.
Additionally, "We are constantly updating our practice with all the latest equipment".
Most recently, "We have rigorous cleaning regime in place for these challenging times with reduced waiting times introduced to comply with social distancing rules."