4 things we learned from National Eye Health Week

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National Eye Health Week (18th-24th September 2017) was a week-long campaign to raise eye health awareness throughout the UK. The week was designed to educate the community about the importance of eye heath and the detrimental effects poor eye care can have now, and in the future.

Here at Speccies, we believe eye health is so important in the development of your eyes as well as the prevention of infections and sight loss. Following on from the campaign week, we wanted to share with you 4 tips we learned about taking care of your vision.

  1. BOOK REGULAR EYE TESTS

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Did you know around 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss, that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives? Half of this sight loss is avoidable. Making sure you book regular eye tests to ensure your eye health is in good condition and to prevent unnecessary illnesses is key. A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough. During a sight test, other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure may be detected.

At Speccies, we offer a comprehensive eye examination. Book an eye test here

2. IT’S ALL ABOUT YOUR DIET

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Many studies have shown us that what we eat can directly impact our vision. Antioxidants can help to prevent retinal damage.

Foods recommended for eye health include:

  • Broadleaf greens such as kale, watercress and spinach
  • Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables such as carrots, orange sweet peppers, and oranges, carrot juice, red bell peppers, apricots, mango, kiwi
  • Blueberries, blackberries
  • Oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel
  • Broccoli
  • Eggs

Making sure you receive enough of the items listed above is not only important for eye health but general health too. start with whole foods and from there add in specific, nutrient-dense foods shown to improve vision health.

3. DO NOT STRAIN YOUR EYES

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If you have to squint in any way to be able to clearly see an object, then you are straining your eyes. Putting strain on your eyes is never good for them and it may mean it is time for an eye exam. Double or blurred vision are definite clues to a problem.
If you find that you are squinting with your glasses or contact lenses on, it might mean that your eye sight prescription has changed. If this is happening to you, we request that you visit us immediately.

Another factor when straining your eyes could mean that you need to limit your screen time usage. Staring at a computer screen or television can cause long-lasting damage to your vision. The fresh Autumnal weather is a sure way to get people outside for the fresh air but also gives you a break from the screen. Taking 20-minute breaks away from a screen at work or at home can help boost your vision health and give your eyes a nice break!

4. SUN, GLORIOUS SUN!

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We highly advise patients not to look directly at the sun, even when something exciting is happening, such as an eclipse. Doing so can cause irreversible damage to your eyesight and even lead to blindness. Wearing sunglasses in the sunshine can help protect your eyes from UV rays. Another accessory you should try to wear when in the sun is a wide-brimmed hat. Several studies suggest too much sunlight exposure is a risk factor for cataracts, growths in the eye, and cancer.

Another misconception a lot of patients have are with the clouds. Don’t be fooled! The sun’s rays can pass through haze and thin clouds so you are not protected even if the sun is not always directly visible. It is not just a specific age range that are at risk but children and senior citizens are too. Make sure you carry your hats and sunglasses wherever you go!

At Speccies, we know peace of mind when it comes to your eye health is very important and that’s why we can guarantee a personalised, consultative service when you visit us in store. The National Eye Health Week campaign highlighted many serious issues, some that most people do not know. Make sure you read these tips carefully and take them on board to suit your everyday lifestyle.

We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to speak to us directly, please call us on 0844 884 4606

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