Sight Improvement

| Friday, June 10, 2011
By Owen Jones

We are under immense pressure not to look old, not to look our age. One of the best compliments people of more than 21 years think that they can receive is: 'Really? You do not look it!' To some extent this obsession with a youthful look has always been with us, but the pressure has ratcheted up due to films and television.

Film stars and pharmaceutical companies ruthlessly team up to persuade us that we have to have this surgery too in order to be popular. What they do not tell you is that the pharmaceutical businesses have paid the film stars to have free therapy and then paid (or sponsored) the chat programmes that so blatantly promote them.

And ageism is rife too, both among the young, whose worst insults normally have the word 'old' included and among employers who can not wait to be rid of employees at 65 after a lifetime of service. Governments or at least some governments are just as bad, penalizing pensioners with a meager salary after fifty years of paying taxes.

People used to grow old gracefully, now it is a sin. There is a long list of 'improvements' that you can work your way through: face lift, liposuction, hair transplants, dentures and several others, but the one that actually makes sense to me is sight improvement by whatever means works.

We live in a beautiful world and it is a shame that whilst we are at the right stage in our life to enjoy it - that is whilst we have more time, more money and have become more reflective, we begin to go blind. At the same time as your grandchildren start arriving, your eyesight begins to go.

There are numerous factors why you could begin losing your eyesight besides only old age, but old age does play a part in some of them as well.

Macular degeneration is usually called age-related macular degeneration, but there is a rare kind that has an impact on the young. There are two kinds wet and dry. The dry kind is less severe, but the wet kind is more easily treated.

Cataracts are thought to be age-related as well, but I had premature senile cataracts 20 years early. Luckily these are easily treated too with merely a couple of minutes of surgery. Glaucoma is a nasty one, which can leave you totally blind, if you do not catch it soon enough and have it treated.

The key to success with all of these eyesight impairments is tackling them early. If you suspect that anything is not right with your eyes, go to a GP or optician immediately. Do not get fooled by quack cures that you may see advertised on late night TV or in the small ads. They should be banned.

Eye exercises and eye drops are all right for healthy eyes, but they will not help you if you have a difficulty, only a fully qualified expert can do that. These advertisers prey on individuals who either do not have the money for surgery or who are scared of it and there are many of them about too.

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