It’s the start of National Eye Health Week and it runs from Monday 24th September 2018 to Sunday 30th September 2018. The aim of this week is to raise awareness and educate people on eye health and the importance of everyone having regular eye examinations. Here are some of our top tips for looking after your eyes.
1. Healthy Food Means Healthy Eyes
Eating a healthy and varied diet is important for keeping your eyes in a good healthy condition. Try adding some of the following good-for-your-eye foods;
• Beta-carotene such as carrots, pumpkin and sweet potato
• Omega-3 fatty acids such as oily fish and flaxseed
• Lutein such as kale, spinach, spring greens and eggs
• Vitamin C such as berries, broccoli and citrus fruits
• Vitamin E such as almonds, avocados and kiwifruit
2. Rest Your Eyes
Certain activities and tasks may make your eyes feel tired and strained, such as working at a computer for a long period of time. Try doing to 20/20/20 rule throughout the day; every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. This should help keep tired eyes at bay.
3. Don’t Let Your Eyes Dry Out
When we use visual display units (VDUs), such as computers, we don’t blink as much so the eyes can become dry. For some people making a conscience effort to blink more should help, but if this doesn’t help you may need to consider starting to use artificial tear eye drops to help with dryness. If you are concerned about dry eyes, speak to your eye doctor who can do a full assessment and give you the correct advice before starting any treatment yourself.
4. Protect Your Eyes
Sunglasses should be worn all year round, but many people forgot to wear them during the winter months. During the spring months of March, April and May the days start to get brighter and longer, but even when we get grey or overcast days you should try to wear sunglasses when outdoors. Long term overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can play a part in causing some eye problems, such as cataracts, so protecting them earlier will always be best.
5. Have Regular Eye Checks
Last but definitely not least is to have your eyes regularly checks. Adults should have an eye test every 2 years, but this may be more frequent if you suffer from certain health or eye issues. Children should have eye tests at least every 2 years, from birth until the child is around 4 or 5 this will likely be checked when the child has normal follow ups. Not only do eye checks make sure your eyes are healthy and provide you with glasses or contact lenses if needed, but they can also detect more serious problems such as brain tumours.
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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