Daily Eye Care Guide

Daily eye care is essential to help us maintain our eyesight and eye health so we can see better and live better for longer.

This guide explains the lifestyle changes and proactive behaviours that can help you care for your eyes.

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 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

Wearing the correct glasses can help to prevent eye strain, headaches and vision from deteriorating.

Your glasses help to achieve better vision, which can also help to enhance your physical and psychological health.

For example, when you actively think about your vision, it helps to maintain your independence, reduce your risk of falls and ease low moods or distress.

If you’re not sure when you need to wear your glasses, speak to your optician as soon as possible.

Wear sunglasses

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

Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamins C and E can help to support your eyes 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.

Stop smoking

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

While a regular sight test is an essential part of eye care, it’s not the only step to maintain eyesight and eye health.

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!

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