8 Tips for eye health
Eye Health Some tips on eye health from Mediaplanet's 'Eye Health' campaign, launched on 18/09/2016.
Take Sight Tests
Three in ten Brits have not had a sight test within the last two years (28%)
Sight tests are vital for detecting potential eye health issues and are free for many people on the NHS, including under-16s, over-60s, those on low incomes and people with a close family history of glaucoma.
Foods high in eye-friendly nutrients, such as lutein, zeaxanthin, Vitamins A, B6, C, E and Zinc can have a significant influence on maintaining healthy eyes.
These include citrus fruits, omega-rich oily fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables.
Smoking contributes to many eye health issues.
Smokers are four times more likely to lose their sight than non-smokers.
It can also cause dry-eye syndrome, uveitis and impair your colour vision.
Research has shown that spending time playing outdoors can be beneficial in helping to prevent the onset and progression of myopia (short-sightedness) in children.
Cumulative UV exposure can increase your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
When choosing sunglasses make sure that they are safe as well as stylish! Look out for the CE, UV 400 or British Standard marks – this ensures they provide a safe level of protection from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays.
Taking regular exercise could reduce the risk of sight loss from narrowing or hardening of the
arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Watch your weight
More than half of all British adults are overweight; however, maintaining a healthy weight helps preserve macula pigment density, which can prevent the onset of macular degeneration – the UK’s leading cause of sight loss.
Working at a computer won’t harm your eyes but, sitting staring at a screen for long periods can cause ‘screen fatigue’ – sore, itchy or tired eyes; headaches; impaired colour perception
and temporary blurring.