Looking After Your Eyes
There are two million people in the UK who are at risk of needlessly losing their sight through treatable eye conditions. By having regular eye examinations any signs of a problem can be detected and treated earlier. Below are five top tips for caring for your eyes.
- Visit an optometrist regularly. Optometrists are professionally trained not only to test sight and prescribe glasses and contact lenses; they can also spot eye problems and treat infections.
- Be “eye aware” – make sure to check each of your eyes one at a time, and if you notice any changes, consult your optometrist.
- Parents, keep an eye on your children – don’t forget, they don’t know what “normal” vision is, so watch out for signs that there may be problems. These include instances where children’s eyes appear not to work together, if they rub their eyes often or if they seem to shut one eye to see more clearly.
- Contact lens wearers – never wear anyone else’s lenses, wash them in tap water or sleep in them (unless your optometrist says you can).
- Buy good quality, dark sunglasses. Sunlight can damage the retina and the lens of the eye, and we risk causing long-term damage to our eyesight. Good sunglasses don’t need to be expensive: you can purchase perfectly adequate protective sunglasses from high street stores.
Diet is Important
An active and healthy lifestyle with regular exercise may help to prevent avoidable sight loss. Foods high in vitamin A, C and E may also help prevent and slow down some eye conditions. These vitamins can be found in many different sources of fruit and vegetables such as:
- dried apricots
- raw carrots
- green leafy vegetables including kale and spinach
- green peas
- green beans
- brussel sprouts.
They can also be found in nuts, seeds, dairy products and eggs.