8 ways to look after your eyes

Eye tests should be done at least every two years or as advised by your optometrist. As well as an eye health check, a sight test might help detect signs of underlying general health conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Everyone should have a sight test every two years, or more often if your optometrist recommends it.

The darker the green the better for your eyes. A healthy balanced diet is good for your eyes. Make sure your diet includes:

  • Oily fish for its Omega 3 benefits
  • Dark-green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale
  • Berries as they are good sources of anti-oxidants
  • Supplements such as Multi-Vitamins containing lutein; zeaxanthin, meso-zeaxathin and omega 3 & 6

Your smoking habit may increase your risk of developing eye conditions such as: age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Contrary to popular belief, wearing glasses and contact lenses doesn’t make your eyesight worse – instead it helps your eyes work at optimum ability. As you get older the risk of eye and vision problems developing increases with age.

When you work on anything that requires prolonged levels of concentration such as electronic devices your eye muscles are constantly working. This may cause tiredness and headaches, even in those with normal sight. To prevent your eye muscles fatiguing we recommend that you follow the 20/20/20 rule – every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. It is also common to forget to blink regularly so it’s important to take regular breaks.

As well as making your vision more comfortable in the sun, sunglasses protect your eyes from UV light. When choosing sunglasses, you should always make sure that they carry the CE or British Standard marks. Children tend to be more affected by UV exposure so it is important to always make sure that your children wear sunglasses, as well as a hat and sunblock.

Dry eye is very common which can affect the quality of your vision. This may be dues to your eyes not producing enough tears or the tears you have evaporate quickly. This can be worsened by air conditioning, central heating and prolonged computer use. Remember to take regular breaks, drink plenty of water and in severe cases taking omega 3 supplements can help.

Many eye conditions are hereditary from needing glasses to eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. Being aware of any eye conditions within your family can help detect a condition before it becomes serious.