This guide explains the lifestyle changes and proactive behaviours that can help you care for your eyes.
What is eye care?
However, eye care doesn’t start or end with a sight test.
Eye care involves many proactive daily behaviours – in addition to having a regular sight test.
Daily eye care advice
The following daily eye care steps can help you care for your eyes between visits to your optician:
Wear the correct glasses
Your glasses help to achieve better vision, which can also help to enhance your physical and psychological health.
If you’re not sure when you need to wear your glasses, speak to your optician as soon as possible.
Protect your eyes from UV light by wearing close-fit wraparound sunglasses to minimise the sunlight reaching your eyes.
In doing so, it will help to reduce your long-term risk of developing a cataract as a result of overexposure to UV rays.
A balanced diet
Foods that naturally contain these supplements include leafy greens, oily fish, eggs, beans, nuts and citrus fruits.
Reducing the frequency or avoiding harmful habits and junk food can improve your overall health and keep your eyes healthy.
Smoking damages tissue in the eye through an increase in the number of free radicals which speed up ageing.
In addition, smoking also affects the body’s absorption of necessary minerals and vitamins.
The accelerated ageing and lack of vitamins mean that smoking can double the risk of sight loss, as well as increasing the risk of age-related eye conditions, particularly macular degeneration and cataract.
So, by quitting smoking, you can help benefit both your eye health and general health.
For advice and support on quitting smoking, visit the NHS website here.
Regular sight test
Don’t worry – a sight test doesn’t hurt!
As a result, it allows your optician to monitor your prescription and eye health.
A regular sight test is every two years unless your optician advises otherwise.
However, if you have concerns about your eye health, you should talk to your optician rather than your GP.
Remember to use our eye care advice between your regular sight test!