Attention men: Get you eyes checked today

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Specsavers Liverpool optometrist Wai Choong Lok has a message to the men of Liverpool ahead of Men' Health Week.

"Unfortunately, lots of men still have this 'she'll be right' attitude or just don't get around to looking after themselves, even when they're experiencing a problem. We see it time and time again," he said.

"Most eye conditions can be easily managed or treated especially if it's picked up early, it's when things are left that it can get more complicated. We're talking about our eyes here and we only have one set of them, so we need to remember to look after them, whether that's wearing protective eye gear while doing home maintenance projects or whether it's seeing an optometrist when we have a problem."

New research by Specsavers has revealed that 43 per cent of men - the equivalent to 5786 men in the Liverpool area - will wait until they experience a health issue before booking a check-up rather than engage in regular appointments.

The research also revealed:

  • Men will wait an average of two weeks after experiencing an eye injury or symptom before booking an appointment with a healthcare professional.
  • One in five, or 737,203 males in NSW, say that they do have a family history of any eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy, confirming the importance of regular check-ups to avoid the risk of severe complications.
  • Older men are leading by example, with younger men aged 18-34 (22 per cent) far more likely to wait until their partner or family member prompts them to book a health check-up, compared to older Australian men aged 50+ (5 per cent).

NSW Specsavers optometrist Greeshma Patel said on average, they see fewer men coming in for eye tests compared to women, especially younger men.

"Yet we tend to refer more men to specialists for further investigation for eye conditions such as those caused by complications from diabetes. So our message to all men in NSW is to look after your health and make sure to prioritise appointments such as eye examinations," she said.