There are lots of ways to look after your eyes. Here are some things to be aware of.
Avoidable Sight Loss
Many causes of sight loss are linked to people’s general health and as a result a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of losing your sight later in life.
The main things that everybody can do to minimise the chances of sight loss are as follows: –
Regular Eye Tests
Having a sight test won’t only tell you if you need new glasses or a change of prescription, it’s also a vital health check. It can pick up many general health problems and early signs of eye conditions before you are aware of any symptoms. Many of these conditions can be treated if found early enough.
Unless otherwise advised by your Optometrist (optician), you should have a sight test every two years but you should visit your optician at any time if you are concerned about any aspect of your vision.
If you are unable to leave home unaccompanied due to a physical or mental illness or disability you may be able to have a sight test at home (also known as a domiciliary sight test). This service is also available on the NHS for those who are eligible for a free NHS sight test.
Smokers are more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts than non-smokers.
Regular exercise can help with eye health because it ensures your eyes get a good supply of oxygen.
A healthy balanced diet with a wide variety of fruit and vegetables will benefit your overall health and therefore may also help keep the retina healthy. High alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of early age-related macular degeneration.
Protect your eyes from the sun – never look directly into the sun and always wear good quality sunglasses.
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