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Your Vision is Precious
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to lose your sight? Your entire life would be changed forever.
National Eye Health week begins! To kick things off, Vision Matters have chosen 'general eye health' as the topic of the day. We think this is a great topic to start the week. It's so easy for us to forget how precious our sight is, and just as easy to forget the ways that we can look after our eyes.
The General Optical Council recommend that everybody has their eyes tested every two years. This is important not only to see if you require vision correction, but also to monitor the health of your eyes. The optician cannot only monitor changes in your vision but can also look for signs of other general health conditions including diabetes, glaucoma, AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration) and high blood pressure.
To help maintain healthy vision for life, it is recommended that you eat well. Foods such as green leafy vegetables (e.g. Kale) and foods rich in vitamins A, C and E as part of your daily diet can help towards this.
Good hygiene should apply to your eyes as well; this is not limited to CL wearers. Tear ducts can become blocked easily, and eyes can become dry. With the right treatment using preservative-free products such as Blephaclean sterile wipes, Blephagel and Hyabak the eyes can be refreshed and brought back to health.
Good habits for looking after your vision are best started early. Did you know that the eyes are fully developed by the age of eight? Our Eyes on Learning campaign focused on the importance of vision care for children. Read the article and download our free guide for 12 pages of in-depth information for parents and guardians.
Finally, our blog last week told of how dangerous the sun's UV rays can be. With UV levels high at all times of the year, sunglasses aren't just for the summer time!