What things can you do to keep your eyes healthy?

We have a couple of tips and tricks below to help you keep your eyes in great condition.

Get regular eye tests

Getting regular eye tests is important to keep your eyes healthy. Regular eye checks help to review vision problems, other health concerns and review eye diseases. Regular eye exams help to make sure our eyes are healthy and to catch any early vision problems which might affect your quality of life. Even if you have perfect vision it’s still important to get regular eye checks to protect your eye health.

Eat well, and exercise

It’s no secret that maintaining a well-balanced, healthy diet is important for being healthy but it is also key to keeping your eyes healthy and can help to reduce your risk for developing eye conditions. Some eye conditions may be avoided if you include foods that contain a range of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, known as antioxidants. Eat healthy, and help out your eyes!

Cover your eyes in the sunshine

Next time you step out to enjoy that summer sun, don’t forget to grab your sunglasses! UV rays can sunburn your eyes and even lead to problems such as cataracts, macular degeneration and pterygium (white tissue growth) on the eyes.

Our optometrist Melissa Hay, says “Unlike sunburn, the effect of UV exposure on eyes isn’t easy to notice, so it’s important to wear sunglasses every time people are exposed to the sun.”

“Only wearing sunglasses in the middle of the day doesn’t cut it. We need to get into the habit of wearing wrap-around style sunglasses that are 100% UV light protective throughout the whole day, even when it’s cloudy,” says Melissa. Over time, UV exposure seriously and irreversibly damages our eyes. UV exposure slowly damages the structures in our eyes and cause eye conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and pterygium. Wearing sunglasses helps to reduce your risk to these conditions and looks after your eyes!

Taking breaks, and less screen time

Taking regular breaks from your computer and screens is important for your eyes. A great rule to follow is that every 20 minutes spent looking at a screen, a person should look at something 20 feet(6m) away for 20 seconds. Following a simple rule like the 20-20-20 rule is helpful to reduce eye strain and help to keep your eyes healthy!

If you are someone who spends 8+ hours a day on a computer or looking at a screen you would benefit from a pair of glasses which have a filter to help cut out blue-violet light which is damaging for our eyes. We offer a range of products which help to reduce blue-violet light exposure, and these are simple and easy to add on to your glasses the next time you purchase a new pair of glasses. We would recommend blue filter lenses to teenagers using lots of screens and people who are looking at a screens for long periods throughout their day.

Keep your hands clean

Throughout each day, we collect germs and dirt on our hands, and these germs are easily transferred when we touch our eyes, nose or mouth, increasing the possibility of getting sick. Washing your hands frequently throughout the day and reducing the amount of times you touch your eyes or face helps to lower the spread of germs and other bacteria. Keeping your hands clean can help prevent infectious eye diseases such as conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers.

Getting enough sleep each night

Getting a good nights sleep can help your eyes. Our eyes need around five hours of sleep each night to replenish themselves and to be able to function well during the day. If you go without sleep for long enough and you might start to notice your eyes getting twitchy eyelids, eye strain and even dry eyes. We often lead such busy lives that we don’t think about how our sleep patterns and lack of sleep can affect our eyes.

Get a good nights sleep and look after your eyes!