Around 90% of blindness and vision impairment is preventable or treatable if it’s detected early enough, so Vision 2020 Australia is reminding all Australians to use the day as a reminder to have their eyes checked.

The risk of developing an eye condition increases as people enter their forties. People who smoke, have diabetes, have a family history of eye disease or are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are also at increased risk of eye disease.

If you are more at risk, it is especially important to have regular eye tests to ensure eye problems are detected early to prevent avoidable vision loss.

Key tips for looking after eye health:

  • Make sure you have a regular eye check, especially if you are over 40
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses when outside
  • Wear eye protection when playing sports or performing hazardous work
  • Do not smoke, or quit smoking
  • Maintain a healthy diet with regular exercise
  • Manage your diabetes (bloods glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels)