What is eye care?
When we think about eye care, we tend to associate it with just a sight test.
However, eye care doesn’t start or end with a sight test.
Eye care involves a number of 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
If you need glasses, remember to wear your correct and most current pair of glasses for the tasks they’re required for.
Wearing the correct glasses can help to prevent eye strain, headaches and vision from deteriorating.
If you’re not sure when you need to wear your glasses, speak to your optician.
Protect your eyes from UV light by wearing close-fit wraparound sunglasses to minimise the sunlight reaching your eyes.
This will help to reduce your long-term risk of developing a cataract as a result of overexposure to UV rays.
A balanced diet
Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamins C and E can help to support your eye from age-related vision problems like macular degeneration.
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.
For advice and support on quitting smoking, visit the NHS website here.
Regular sight test
While a regular sight test is an essential part of eye care, it’s important to remember that a sight test is not the only step to take to maintain eyesight and eye health.
It’s vital that you attend your regular sight test to monitor your prescription and eye health.
A regular sight test is every two years unless your optician advises otherwise.
Remember to use our eye care advice between your regular sight test!