1. Eye Tests
The first and probably most important thing you can do for your eyes, is having regular eye tests with an optician, eye clinic, or ophthalmologist. Eye tests are important to check the health of your eyes, to check your prescription, and get new glasses or contact lenses if required. If during an eye test the optometrist spots something that isn’t quite right, you may be referred on to an ophthalmologist or other professional. Eye tests are not only important to check eye health, but they can show up other health problems too and again you would be referred on to another specialist if this happens. It is recommended that most people should have an eye test every 2 years, but this could be more regular if you or a close family member have a health or eye disease such as glaucoma or diabetes.
2. Wear Sunglasses
Wearing sunglasses is also an important role in keeping your eyes in good condition. The sun’s harmful UV rays can overtime damage the eyes and may increase the risks of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Sunglasses with a 100% UVA and UVB protection are recommended and your optician can make prescription sunglasses too, so you never have to be unprotected. Sunglasses are especially important if you are in a sunny environment, such as on holiday, but also if you are going to be spending a lot of time outdoors on even a less sunny day. If you drive, keeping a pair in the car too is a good idea to avoid glare from the sun when driving.
3. Healthy Diet
Having a healthy diet is not only vital for keeping your body fit and well, but it also keeps your eyes fit and well too. Eating a varied diet including foods rich in omegas, lutein, zinc, iron, vitamin C, and beta carotene can help protect your eyes from diseases like cataracts and AMD and help keep the overall eye health in good condition. If you suffer from an eye disease your ophthalmologist may recommend increasing your intake of a particular food or recommend supplements, but always seek advice before starting anything yourself.
Again, just like having a healthy diet, exercise can help keep your eyes in good condition too. Recent studies have shown that carrying out regular exercise can help reduce the risks of glaucoma, cataracts, and AMD.
5. Eye Safety
DIY is a common cause of thousands of eye injuries each year and a lot of these could be prevented by taking safety precautions such as wearing eye goggles. It is particularly important to wear safety goggles when there is lose debris that could fly up and enter the eye and in dusty environments too. Eye safety is also important when playing sports, especially with racket sports like tennis, as again these can cause eye injuries. It is advise getting a pair of sports goggles to prevent sports eye injuries.
Author: Samer Hamada is a distinguished consultant ophthalmologist and cornea surgeon performing eye surgeries at his practice, Eye Clinic London. With nearly two decades’ experience, Mr. Hamada is recognised as a leading expert in the field of cataract, refractive lens exchange (RLE) and corneal surgeries.
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