By Olga Aprianti Lee, SIECRC

Good vision health is an important component of our general well-being. Potentially blinding eye conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy can harm our vision and are common causes of vision loss among individuals aged 40 years and older.

While cataract may cause visual symptoms in its early stages and is easily treated, other eye conditions such as glaucoma, AMD and diabetic retinopathy often have no symptoms in their initial stages. If left undetected, they tend to progress and may cause permanent visual loss.

Fortunately, certain lifestyle modifications to tackle modifiable risk factors such as smoking can help reduce the risk of developing some of these conditions. In addition, recent medical advances in the management of these conditions have led to better treatment outcomes especially if they are diagnosed early and treated promptly.

Dr Ajeet Madhav Wagle, Medical Director and Senior Consultant at International Eye Cataract Retina Centre, was part of a panel of distinguished speakers at the “Better Health, Living Well” free public forum organised by Farrer Park Hospital on 24 June 2017.  During his lecture titled “Common Eye Conditions You Should Not Miss!”, he highlighted to the audience the importance of regular comprehensive eye screening for early diagnosis and timely treatment of common eye conditions to reduce the burden of blindness in the community.

Members of the public who are keen to attend the next free eye public forum can register online here.