National Eye Health Week runs during the last full week of September, from 20 to 26. During this week, expect to learn all there is to know about keeping your eyes in tip-top shape, because your eyesight and your general eye health are just as important as the health of the rest of your organs.
We’ve put together some tips to help you look after your peepers. Read on!
Wear Eye Protection
Sun protection shouldn’t stop at just your skin. Your eyes are exposed to the sun, too, and they’re not immune to sunburn. Even if you’re not looking directly into the sun (which is not recommended!), simply exposing your eyes to bright sunlight risks damage and irritation to your eyeballs.
Invest in a good pair of sunglasses with the CE mark, which ensures your eyes are adequately protected against the sun’s UV rays.
Your eyes are susceptible to eyestrain when you look at digital screens or objects like books up close for too long. Over time, eyestrain can lead to other symptoms, like head and neck pain, blurred or double vision, fatigue and headaches.
Fortunately, most cases of eyestrain can be treated as well as prevented by modifying your existing habits. It might be worth it to buy reading glasses or special computer glasses to prevent eyestrain. Additionally, take frequent breaks from your computer by looking away from your screen every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds.
Put Down the Cigarettes
According to the NHS, smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition characterised by blurred vision and/or partial vision loss. AMD also happens to be the most common cause of eyesight loss in the UK.
We understand smoking is difficult to give up. We’ve written blog posts in the past to help you put down your cigarettes for good, so do check them out.
Regular exercise can have a positive impact on your eye health. Conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes negatively impact the health of your eyes by affecting your eyes’ blood supply and connecting blood vessels. While exercise isn’t a cure-all for these medical conditions, it certainly can help reduce symptoms and, therefore, reduce your chances of permanent eye damage.
Get Regular Eye Tests
The importance of regular eye tests cannot be stressed enough. As eye problems don’t usually result in pain or discomfort, it’s easy to overlook them. Seeing an optician regularly not only ensures any eye conditions are spotted early, but also helps you determine if you need new glasses or if your prescription has changed. The NHS recommends getting your eyes tested every two years, unless recommended otherwise by your doctor.
We hope these tips helped. Looking after the health of your eyes is just as important as maintaining the health of the rest of your body, so if you haven’t already, don’t forget to book your next eye test.
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