Eye diseases are relatively rare, although they become more common as we get older. All eye diseases should be regarded as serious – even diseases that appear mild have the potential to cause serious damage if not treated appropriately.
Many serious eye diseases do not have dramatic symptoms. Some people with serious eye diseases don’t realise there is a problem until they’ve suffered irreversible damage.
Everyone should have a checkup from an optometrist or ophthalmologist every two years. Your optometrist may recommend more frequent checks if you’re at higher risk.
If you suspect you have an eye disease, visit your optometrist.