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Top Tips To Help Your Eyes

Top Tips To Help Your Eyes!

Have a regular eye test

Just because you can see well doesn’t mean there is nothing wrong with the health inside your eyes. Many conditions, such as Glaucoma (click here for more info), have no symptoms until it’s too late. Having your children’s eyes examined is vital for learning at school; most children do not complain of difficulties with their eyes, even though between 20-30% have some form of problem with their vision.

Drink lots of water

In addition to improving your general health water also helps to flush toxins from the body, assists your digestive system and can boost weight loss, reduce fatigue, improve concentration, make your skin and hair more healthy and can help to make you look younger. Water helps to keep your eyes hydrated, less dry and feeling fresher, the tears also flush away debris and reduce the risk of eye infection.

Eat healthy

Fresh fruit and vegetables, especially broccoli, kale, blueberries and bilberry are all great for your eyes – avoid eating saturated fats. The best nutrients for your eyes are vitamins A, C & E, Zinc, foods rich in antioxidants especially Lutein & Zeaxanthin, and Omega oils. These reduce age-related problems with your eyes, now and in the future. If your lifestyle makes this difficult then there are several, easy to use, vitamins and tablets formulated specially for the eyes which most good opticians will stock.

Take lots of regular breaks from prolonged close work including VDU/Computer use.

Wear spectacles if they have been prescribed for you

Stop smoking

Use adequate and suitable lighting

Protect your eyes from overexposure to UV

UV rays from the sun can have a damaging effect on your eyes. 20% of cataracts are believed to be caused by UV exposure early in life as are many growths on the eyes. Macula degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in the west) has been linked to UV damage. 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV occurs before the age of 18. (Click here to learn about the dangers of UV exposure on your children’s eyes.

Sleep well

A lack of sleep can cause your eyes to get very dry and uncomfortable and reduce your concentration. Fatigue will also affect your muscle responses making focusing more difficult. Some people also notice heaviness in the eyelids. A good night’s sleep will make your eyes feel great.

Protect your eyes when playing certain sports or doing DIY

90% of all eye injuries could have been prevented with adequate and widely available eye protection. For some sports, such as racquet sports like badminton and squash there is a risk of injury because of the small size of the shuttlecock or ball. Polycarbonate eye-wear for these sports provides good protection. About 20,000-30,000 people have eye injuries every year from DIY related accidents. Nine out of ten people do not wear protective goggles.

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“I am very grateful for his [Mr Bhavin Shah] thoroughness as it confirmed that I had Glaucoma in both eyes, and was given treatment immediately”

Mrs J Fox