TOP TEN TIPS for healthy eyes
1. Stop Smoking
If you smoke, stop. Smoking significantly increases the risk of developing cataract and age related-macular degeneration.
2. Eat Healthily
Maintain 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.†
3. Nutritional Supplements
Consider 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.
4. Wear Sunglasses
Ultraviolet (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.
5. Avoid Dry Eyes
With 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.
6. Research Your Family History
Many 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.
7. Wear Prescribed Spectacles
Contrary 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.
8. Have Regular Sight Tests
Eye 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.
9. Take Regular Breaks
Managing 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 the window.
10. Better Safe Than Sorry
The 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.