Last Thursday, I was privileged to give a talk to the Men's Society of St Finnian's Parish Church, Cregagh.
My subject was “Ageing eyes and how to look after them” and the talk was illustrated with a PowerPoint slide show.
Compared with women, men are notoriously bad at taking care of themselves, so my primary aim was to encourage the men of the parish to take steps to help maintain their eyesight. We looked at signs and symptoms of common eye conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, presbyopia and dry eyes. Also discussed were eye problems caused by general health disorders, such as diabetes, blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Top tips for healthy eyes
The main message for the evening was "don’t neglect your eyesight": while not all eye diseases are preventable, there's a lot we can do to reduce our chances of sight loss. In conclusion, my 5 top tips for healthy eyes were:
The talk was well received and the evening finished off with some interesting questions from the floor. Thanks again to the men of St Finnian's for their kind invitation to address their meeting.