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International Healthcare News: Regular tests 'can prolong eyesight'

Individuals with expatriate medical insurance should take proactive steps to minimise the risk of requiring eye operations as they get older.

Poor eyesight is common among the elderly, but director of the Eyecare Trust Rosie Gavzey explained it is "not an inevitable consequence of aging".

She emphasised the importance of having regular eye tests, noting these are invaluable for locating glaucoma, cataracts or macular degeneration at an early stage.

"Early detection during an eye examination can often mean your sight is saved, as effective treatment can prevent needless vision loss," Ms Gavzey observed.

She added that regular eye checks can improve general quality of life, as recent research by the trust found that a third of elderly respondents who did not undergo regular examinations feel depressed and vulnerable due to their poor quality of vision.

A study from the College of Optometrists and the British Geriatrics Society also revealed poor eyesight can impede mobility, as around half of those aged over 80 will suffer a fall every year.

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