TOP TEN TIPS for healthy eyes
you smoke, stop. Smoking significantly increases the risk of developing
cataract and age related-macular degeneration.
a healthy diet and weight; obesity is a risk factor of age-related macula
degeneration. (AMD). Lacking antioxidant vitamins like
A and C. is a risk factor of both cataract and AMD. Include lots of Omega-3,
found in oily fish in your diet.†
nutritional supplements particularly with a family history with AMD. Some
specifically designed eye health such as iCaps, Visionace and Macushields are
found in opticians, pharmacies and some health shops. Flaxseeds and evening
primrose oil may help dry eyes sufferers.
(UV) is a risk factor of cataract and AMD. Exposure when young does most harm,
so protect children with sunglasses as well as a hat and sun block. Always wear
sunglasses marked BS 1836 to ensure good UV protection. UV absorbing lenses can
also be added to everyday glasses.
Avoid Dry Eyes
reduced tears eyes become dry and sore. Central heating, air conditioning and
computers can make it worse. Around 15% of adults over the age of 40 suffer, twice
as many as women as men. Lubricating eye drops such as Blink or Systane can soothe irritation and reduce discomfort.
eye conditions run in families, from simple long and short sightedness to more
serious diseases like glaucoma. Knowledge of these eye problems in the family can
help detect conditions before they become worse.
to the myth, wearing spectacles and contact lenses doesnít make your eyesight worse.
Many eye and vision problems develop or increase as we age. Corrective lenses
will make our eyes work more efficiently and wonít make things worse.
tests donít just pick up eye problems, but general health problems like high
blood pressure and diabetes as well. Some potential blinding conditions such as
glaucoma donít cause symptoms so vision can be lost without you realising. Itís
recommended you have a sight test every two years.
workplace tasks, particularly close focusing is important. Eye muscles are
active which can cause tiredness and headaches even in those with normal sight.
Let your eyes relax every ten minutes or so; look across the office or out of
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sudden onset of symptoms like blurred vision, flashing lights,† floaters or eye pain might, in rare cases,
indicate problems which needs treating. Most eye problems, if detected early,
wonít cause unnecessary loss of vision.†
So have a check as soon as possible.