Top ten tips to keep your eyes healthy

Look after your eyes – you won’t get another pair

Good eyesight is vital for an active and independent life, but poor eyesight is recognised as a factor in falls, depression and isolation.  You should get an eye test every 2 years, or more often if your optician advises

  1. Be aware of any changes in your vision.  Don’t ignore them​
  2. Get regular eye tests.  Don’t wait for a vision problem before you go.  The eyetest isn’t just about your glasses but is also about your eye health as well.  You may be entitled to a free NHS eye test.  Enquire at your local optician.  An eye test can check for age related changes such as cataracts, age related macular degeneration and Glaucoma which can lead to sight loss
  3. Look after your glasses.  Keep them in a good state of repair​
  4. Stop smoking. Did you know if you smoke you are 4 times more likely to develop eye problems which could lead to blindness.  The risk is as high as that of lung cancer.  If you stop smoking the risk reduces.  Smokers are also more likely to develop cataracts​​
  5. Good lighting.  Ensure you have good light for reading
  6. Quality print. Try to obtain good quality print to read or increase the font on your tablet to make reading easier
  7. Computer screens.  If you work on a computer, take regular breaks to rest your eyes.  This also includes games consoles.  Blinking regularly can also help.  For further information on Computer screen use visit http://lookafteryoureyes.org/eye-care/screen-use/
  8. Summer sun. Wear sunglasses.  Long term exposure to UV increases the risk of damage to the eyes 
  9. Protect your eyes from hazards both at work, taking part in sports or DIY at home
  10. Diet. Eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated to help prevent sore, dry eyes

 
If you would like further information on eye care please visit the following websites:

www.lookafteryoureyes.org
www.visionmatters.org.uk
www.rnib.or.uk/eye-health
www.macularsociety.org
www.glaucoma-association.com

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