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Test 5

To check… how well your eyes are ageing

Try... Covering one eye at a time and looking at the vertical and horizontal lines created by a nearby window frame.

Start worrying if

Any of those lines look wavy or distorted rather than dead straight.

Description: Covering one eye at a time and looking at the vertical and horizontal lines created by a nearby window frame.

Covering one eye at a time and looking at the vertical and horizontal lines created by a nearby window frame.

Why it works

Because noticing that straight lines are starting to appear wavy is one of the most common symptoms of macular degeneration, a disease which mainly strikes people over 50 years of age and is the leading cause of blindness in Australia.

Take action

See your optometrist. There’s no cure for macular degeneration, but early detection is vital to prevent as much vision loss as possible.

Test 6

To check…if you are iron deficient

Try... Pulling your lower eyelid down and assessing the color of the flesh. Next, have a look under your tongue.

Start worrying if

Both areas are more pale pink in color than a ‘healthy’ red.

Why it works

Because when you’re running low on iron, there’s less blood flowing through the skin’s blood vessels, and that can make areas of the body that are usually vibrantly colored look pale.

Description: Pulling your lower eyelid down and assessing the color of the flesh.

Pulling your lower eyelid down and assessing the color of the flesh.

Take action

Don’t start popping iron supplements before being officially diagnosed with an iron deficiency. It is the most common nutritional deficiency in Australia. Experts estimate that as many as one in four Australian women are deficient. But taking iron tablets unnecessarily can cause more harm than good, so talk to your doctor first. And if you want to pump up how much iron you’re ‘eating’, animal foods (like red meat and egg yolks) are your best bet. The body absorbs about one quarter of the iron from those foods, compared to between just two and eight per cent of the iron in vegetables.

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