TOP TIPS FOR GOOD EYE HEALTH
Follow our simple lifestyle tips to help keep your eyes and vision healthy
Regular check ups
Get your eyes tested every two years even if you think your vision is fine. some eye conditions, for example open angle glaucoma, may not show any noticable symptoms so regular check-ups are vital.
Quit the habit
If you smoke, you have another good reason to kick the habit. Smoking is directly linked to blindness. current smokers are up to four times more likely to develop macular degeneration (the UK’s leading cause of blindness) compared to past smokers or non-smokers.
It’s all relative
Talk to your relatives about their eye health as some conditions have genetic links such as glaucoma or squint. It is important that you share this information with your optometrist or eye health professional.
Be cool in the sun
Protect your eyes when it is sunny or when you are in high glare areas such as near snow or water.
Cumulative UV exposure can increase your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
When choosing sunglasses, make sure that they are safe as well as stylish. Look for the CE, UV 400 or British Standard marks – this ensures they provide a safe level of protection from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays
If you wear contact lenses, make sure that you look after them properly.
Thoroughly wash and dry your hands before touching your contact lenses or your eyes and only ever clean your contacts using the contact lens solution recommended by your practitioner.
Never shower, sleep or swim with your contact lenses in because this can put you at risk of developing a serious eye infection which could lead to blindness.
Also, don’t wear them for longer than recommended by your practitioner or the manufacturer.
Protect your eyes
If you work with hazardous or airborn materials at work or home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles to protect your eyes from injury.
Keep fit and healthy
Regular exercise is essential to staying fit and healthy and can contribute to maintaining good eye health
Don’t forget to wear protective eyewear when playing sports such as squash to protect your eyes from flying balls. cyclists should also wear their prescription eyewear when out on the roads.
Protecting your eyes starts with the food you eat.
Studies have shown that nutrients in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamins C & E may help to prevent age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
Foods containing eye-friendly nutrients include green leafy vegetables, oily fish such as salmon and citrus fruits.
You should also ensure that your alcohol intake is within the Department of Health’s recommended limits.
Be screen smart
Although working at a computer won’t harm your eyes, sitting staring at a screen for long periods can cause ‘screen fatigue’ – sore, itchy or tired eyes; headaches; impaired colour perception and temporary blurring. It is important to take regular breaks to keep your eyes feeling fresh and bright.
ARE YOU SCREEN SMART ?
Each of us spends an average of 2,740 hours (or 3 1/2 months) a year staring at a screen. It’s probably no surprise that 90% of VDU users say they regularly suffer from screen fatigue – headaches, sore or tired eyes and problems with close-up and long distance vision.
By being Screen Smart you can help minimise your risk of suffering visual distress and keep your eyes feeling fresh and bright.
Here are our quick tips to help minimise screen fatigue :
Take frequent breaks – give your eyes a rest by following the 20-20-20 rule. Look away from your screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds and focus on objects 20 feet away!
Create an eye-friendly environment – position copy documents at roughly the same distance as your eyes are from the screen to avoid having to continually refocus, dim the lights – the ratio of ambient (surrounding) light to monitor light should be three to one – and minimise any glare or reflections.
Customise your screen settings – position your monitor an arms length away and keep your eyes level with the top of the screen. Select a font size of 12 pts or above and make sure that you always have a clean screen.
Keep blinking – Your blink can fall by up to 400% when working at a screen.
For an instant refresh, try closing your eyes and rolling your eyeballs around behind the closed lids.
For more eye health advice speak to our ophthalmic opticians who are happy to help in any way they can.
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