Did you know there are various things that you can do to help maintain good vision and healthy eyes?
1. Have regular eye examinations
You may feel like your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy; however, the only way to be sure is to have an eye examination. Many eye problems are not initially symptomatic and your optometrist can spot early signs of eye and general health problems.
2. Protect your eyes from the sun
Sunlight can increase the long-term risks of developing conditions such as cataract. Good quality sunglasses provide comfortable vision alongside protecting the eye and eyelids from UV damage.
3. Don’t smoke
Smoking has been linked to the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause loss in the UK).
4. Eating a balanced diet
A diet that is rich in leafy greens and coloured fruits and vegetables may help to reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration.
5. Maintain a healthy weight
Being overweight increases your risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and other systemic conditions that can lead to visual loss.
6. Rest your eyes
Looking at computers, tablets and smart phones can be very tiring for your eyes. Remember the 20-20-20 rule, every 20 minutes look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will help to give your eye muscles a rest in order to reduce eye strain.