Many people believe that a decline in eye health is unpreventable, and is just another thing that comes with ageing. The good news is that that isn’t always the case. Of course, there are eye problems that are unpreventable, but here are a few tips to keep your eyes as healthy as possible.
- Get frequent eye tests – These are the guidelines for when you should see your optician; before age 40 – every two to four years, age 40 to age 54 – every one to three years, age 55 to 64 – every one to two years, and age 65 – every six to 12 months. If you have an eye condition, or have a family history of eye problems, you should get seen more frequently. Speak to one of our opticians today to discuss your personal schedule. It is important to have regular checks so the health of your eyes can be monitored, and any diseases or issues can be picked up early. We know it can be a struggle to get to the opticians, so we offer home visits to make your life that little bit easier!
- Ensure you are a healthy weight – if you are overweight then the risk of developing conditions such as diabetes is increased. The result of conditions like this can be complete loss of vision, from diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. This is very serious, and it is often symptomless until it is too late.
- Eat healthily and your eyes will thank you! – Everybody knows that you are what you eat, but how many of us know how the food we choose affects our eyes? Your diet needs to include a variety of fruit and vegetables, especially dark leafy greens like spinach. It is also important to eat enough omega-3 fatty acids, which is found in fish, or can be taken as a supplement.
- Don’t skip protective eyewear! – Whether you enjoy a spot of squash on the weekends, or are a budding DIY-er, make sure you use the right protective eyewear for your activity. This also counts for workplace eye protection – make sure you are following the rules and taking care of your eyes. If you’re unsure if you should be wearing any eye protection, or don’t know what is right for you, get in touch and we will assist you.
- Always remember sunglasses – there are many risks associated with UVA and UVB exposure, and loss of sight (from various conditions) is one of them. Make sure you purchase ones that block at least 99% of radiation. There are many styles available, and you can even get prescription sunglasses!
- Maintain personal hygiene – this seems like a given, but many people touch and rub their eyes throughout the day without much thought of what they have previously been in contact with. This is especially important for those who wear contact lenses, as infections can result in loss of eyesight. This includes always washing your hands with soap, ensuring they are completely dry before handling your lenses, and making sure you remove them before bed. Your optician will let you know the correct hygiene routine for you.
- Rest your eyes frequently – if you enjoy reading or surfing the web, you have probably experienced eyestrain before. This can be very unpleasant, but making sure you remember to take frequent breaks to rest your eyes can help prevent it. Many people prefer to take breaks every twenty minutes, even if it is just for a minute.
If you have any questions or are worried about your eyes, give us a call on 0203 418 8488 and we will be more than happy to give you a helping hand.