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.
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.
If your eyes are fixed at a close focal point for too long you can get eyestrain, headaches, blurry vision, dry and irritated eyes (see more of the symptoms of computer vision syndrome here>>). Refocus on objects further away frequently, look out of a window if possible and take regular breaks from close work. Doing this will make you work more efficiently and productively.
Wear spectacles if they have been prescribed for you
Just because you feel you can see OK you may still need to wear glasses. Sometimes you don’t know exactly what you are missing until you wear the glasses, you may not realize that you are making mistakes. You may find that your eyes are getting strained later in the day or more tired in the evening. I frequently find that many drivers have vision that is too poor to meet the DVLA driving standard, but they have not been aware of it because the change has happened slowly.
In addition to making your life shorter, giving you cancers, affecting your breathing, increasing your risk of strokes or heart disease and aging your body, smoking can increase your risk of going blind especially from macula degeneration and it may increase the risk of cataracts.
Use adequate and suitable lighting
Visual tasks are performed much better under brighter light, especially under sunlight so reading by the window on a sunny day is usually much easier than at night with only a small, shaded bed lamp. When reading or working close, a reading lamp used in conjunction with the room lights provides the most effective light source.
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.
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