National Eye Health Week
Getting your eyes tested regularly is an important part of maintaining good eye health but did you know that your lifestyle choices can also make a huge difference?
10 Steps to Keep Your Eyes Healthy
- Eat right for good sight: Include eye-friendly nutrients from fruits, vegetables, and cold-water fish like salmon, sardines, and tuna.
- Exercise regularly: Aerobic exercises increase oxygen supply to the eyes, lower eye pressure, and prevent conditions like glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
- Get a good night's sleep: Rest well to avoid sore, irritated, and puffy eyes.
- Don't smoke: Quitting smoking reduces the risk of eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.
- Use goggles to protect your eyes: Prevent eye injuries from accidents at home, during sports, or outdoor activities by wearing goggles.
- Limit alcohol intake: Excessive alcohol can reduce antioxidant levels and increase the risk of eye diseases.
- Shield your eyes from UV light: Wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of UVA and UVB rays to avoid eye damage and cataracts.
- Maintain a healthy BMI: Keep a healthy weight to protect the retina and lower the risk of AMD, glaucoma, and diabetes-related eye issues.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to prevent dry, sore, and irritated eyes.
- Have regular eye examinations: Schedule eye check-ups every two years to detect vision problems and uncover potential health issues.
Did you know?
- 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss, that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives. Half of this sight loss is avoidable.
- A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough.
- During a sight test, other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure may be detected.
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