Top Ten Tips to Healthy Eyes!

We all need to look after our eyes. We only get one pair and some people don't even get that. Follow our short guide below to help try to keep your eyes as healthy as possible.

01STOP SMOKING
If you smoke, stop. Smoking significantly increases the risk of developing cataract and age-related macular degeneration. However long you have smoked its never too late to benefit from quitting and reducing your risk.

02EAT HEALTHILY
Maintain a healthy diet and weight; obesity is a risk factor for Age Related Macula Degeneration (AMD). Lacking antioxidant vitamins like and C is a risk factor for both cataract and AMD. Include lots of omega-3 found in oily fish, in your diet.

03NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
Consider nutritional supplements particularly with a family history of AMD. Some are specifically designed for eye health, one of which is Macushield which we recommend as being one of the best on the market. Visit www.macushield.co.uk to read more.

04WEAR SUNGLASSES
Ultraviolet (UV) is a risk factor for cataract and AMD. Exposure when young does most harm, so protect children with sunglasses as well as a hat and sun block. Always wear sunglasses marked BS EN 1836 to ensure good UV protection. UV absorbing lenses can also be added to your everyday glasses.

05AVOID DRY EYES
With reduced tears eyes become dry and sore. Central heating, air conditioning and computer use, can make it worse. Around 15% of adults over the age of 40 suffer; twice as many women as men. Lubricating eye drops such as Hyabak and Thealoz can soothe irritation and reduce discomfort. The Eye Bag has also been found beneficial for patients who suffer with Blepharitis and Dry Eyes.

06RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
Many eye conditions run in families; from simple long and short sight to more serious diseases like glaucoma. Knowledge of 'problems' with sight can help detect a condition before it becomes serious.

07WEAR PRESCRIBED SPECTACLES
Contrary to the myth, wearing spectacles and contact lenses doesn't make your eyesight worse. Many eye and vision problems develop or increase with age. Corrective lenses will help your eyes work more efficiently and won't make things worse.

08HAVE REGULAR SIGHT EXAMINATIONS
Eye tests don't just pick up eye problems but general health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes as well. Some potentially blinding conditions such as glaucoma don't cause symptoms so vision could be lost without you realising it. It's recommended that you have a sight test at least every two years.

09TAKE REGULAR BREAKS
Managing workplace tasks, particularly close focussing, is important. Eye muscles are active which can cause tiredness and headaches even in those with normal sight. Let your eyes relax every hour or so; look across the office or out of a window.

10BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY
The sudden onset of symptoms like blurred vision, flashing lights, floaters or eye pain might, in rare cases, indicate a problem which needs treating. Most eye problems, if detected early, won't cause unnecessary loss of vision. So have a check as soon as possible.