A guide to healthy eyes

26-03-2021

As it's national save your vision month, we thought we would guide you to look after your eyes.

Our eyes face daily challenges from the world around us; however, it's not just about vision; it's also about keeping your eyes comfortable and healthy.

Our helpful tips will help you keep your eyes healthy so that you can live your best life.


Feed your eyes

It's essential to eat a healthy, balanced diet to promote good eye health. Nutrients found in certain foods, such as Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Zinc, have been found to reduce the risk of certain eye diseases. Good general nutrition is beneficial to overall health and can help prevent other common conditions as we get older. Try to avoid a diet high in calories and low in nutrients. Eating too many processed foods or high in added sugar, salt, and saturated fats can lead to obesity and high blood pressure, linked to several conditions which can impact our eye health.


Practice safe computer use

Always apply the 20-20-20 rule when using a computer or looking at a screen for an extended time - every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. That will give your eye muscles a rest. Other ways to look after your eyes when using a screen is to ensure that you blink regularly and set up your computer correctly.


Protect your eyes

Ensure that you are taking extra measures to protect your eyes accordingly to the weather or activity. If you are on a DIY project, wear protective eyewear if necessary, and wear glasses or sunglasses with UV protection to protect from the sun's harmful rays.


Stop smoking

Tobacco contains thousands of compounds that are toxic and potentially damaging to your eyes. Research suggests that smokers are up to four times more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than non-smokers. Smokers are also more likely to develop cataracts. Smoking can make diabetes-related sight problems worse. The best thing you can do for your eyes is to stop smoking.


Get regular eye tests

Regular eye examinations with an optician are the foundation of good eye care. An optician won't just check your vision; they will also check your eyes' general health and can spot early signs of eye disease when it is easier to treat. Most people should have an eye examination at least every two years.