As we talk about eyes almost all of the time, we thought it’s time to share some interesting eye facts!
You don’t see with your eyes
Although we look at things with our eyes, we see an image with our brain.
When light enters our eyes and focusses on the back of the eye, millions of receptors receive information and send electrical messages to the brain.
These electrical messages contain colour, detail, contrast and movement.
Our brain then processes the information sent by our eyes, and we see an image as a result.
Your eye colour is not significant
Eye colour is due to the presence of melanin (pigment) in your iris.
The more melanin you have, the darker your eye colour.
Ultimately, your eye colour doesn’t affect your eyesight or eye health.
The iris in your eye is a muscle
Did you know that the iris is a muscle? It controls how much light enters your eye.
When our pupils get bigger or smaller, it’s the iris controlling it.
The pupil is a hole between your iris
Your pupil is the black hole in the middle of the iris.
Don’t worry though, it’s not the same kind of black hole that sucks everything in!
While the iris controls how much light enters your eye, the pupil allows the light to enter your eye.
Now that you know this interesting eye fact, you’ll notice it in every close picture of an eye!
20/20 vision doesn’t mean perfect eyesight
While 20/20 vision is thought to be “perfect eyesight”, it doesn’t provide the full picture of your vision.
For instance, it doesn’t indicate how well you can see up-close, whether you’re colour blind or whether you have peripheral vision.
The best time to make positive life changes is at the start of a year, with the “new year, new me” trend.
However, have you thought about “new year, healthy me”?
While “look after my health” can be a resolution, we’ll suggest resolutions that guide how to look after your health.
Here are a few new year resolutions that can help improve your general health and eye health.
When we hear the words “eat well”, we naturally think of eating endless salads.
But, don’t worry, it’s not that bad!
As a result of eating well, you can help to maintain or lose weight and reduce your risk of developing certain general health and eye conditions.
Eat a balanced diet
The essential part of eating well is to have a balanced diet.
NHS’s Eatwell Guide makes it easy to understand how much of each food group you should eat.
Keeping a food diary can help you keep track of what you’re eating.
Alternatively, apps such as MyFitnessPal help you see the macronutrients (carbs, protein and fat) of your diet at the click of a button.
Understanding portion sizes is key to eating a balanced diet to make sure you eat enough of the right food.
Too much of anything can be harmful to your health.
You can find some helpful tips for monitoring and controlling your portion size here.
Have a regular sight test
A regular sight test is vital to monitor and diagnose eye conditions and even some underlying health conditions like diabetes.
The earlier an eye condition is caught, the sooner treatment can begin.
Depending on the eye condition, treatment may help prevent the condition from progressing.
Do you know how often you should have a sight test?
If you don’t know when you last had a sight test, make it your resolution to have a sight test this year!
Get enough sleep
Did you know that a good night’s sleep can help maintain or improve your eye health and general health?
Having enough sleep can benefit your immune system, prevent heart disease and diabetes.
However, too much sleep or too little sleep can be just as harmful to your health.
The NHS recommends that an adult should have 8 hours of sleep every night.
If you have trouble going to sleep, you can find the NHS’s advice on a sleep routine here.
Smoking is damaging to your eye’s tissue.
Did you know that after a year of not smoking, your risk of a heart attack halves?
British Heart Foundation explains how each element of a cigarette is harmful and offers practical guidance on how to quit smoking.
NHS Smokefreealso offers support and advice to help you quit.
Sunglasses that block the majority of UV rays coming through can help protect your eye health.
Overexposure to UV light can increase your chance of developing certain conditions like cataracts and AMD.
So, when you’re buying sunglasses, make sure they carry the UV 400 mark, CE or British Standard Mark.
It’s also vital to check how dark they are (the filter category) as category 4, for example, are not suitable for driving.
The inevitable quip of having 20/20 vision for 2020 has to be made – so here’s our perfect vision for 2020!
Firstly, before we explore our goal for 2020, we’re going to look at what 20/20 vision means.
What is 20/20 vision?
20/20 vision is a measurement of a person’s visual acuity 20 feet away from a test chart (which is American terminology).
Simply put, visual acuity measures how well you can see using the letter chart that your optician likely uses to test your eyes.
Although society associates having 20/20 as perfect vision, it’s possible to have even better visual acuity.
However, more suitable terminology is ‘normal vision’ rather than perfect.
Also, in the UK, 6/6 is the equivalent of 20/20 vision.
‘Perfect vision’ and eye health
Contrary to popular belief, it’s possible to have 20/20 vision and need glasses too!
Our 2020 vision
Having a regular sight test is just one step of caring for your eyes.
Ultimately, eye care consists of proactive behaviours that can help maintain your eye health between visits to the optician.
Your family history, age and lifestyle choices collectively are your risk factors for developing an eye condition.
That’s why our 2020 vision is to help raise awareness of eye care, so you know how you can help maintain your eye health.
For more information on our service, please refer to our FAQs.
As the festive season is upon us, Visioncall would like to say a big thank you to the care staff who are working tirelessly to make this time of year special for residents.
Whether you’re one of our care partners or not, thank you to all care staff, we appreciate your efforts!
The care and sacrifice that you all make is heartwarming, and ultimately, it makes a massive difference for the residents.
The need for better vision at this time of year
This time of year can be hectic, but the importance of better vision doesn’t take a break.
Residents are then able to more fully enjoy a Christmas meal, Christmas films and spending time with their loved ones.
It’s a small thing that can help them to see better and live better at this wonderful time of year.
Our team is here to support you when you need it, so if you need assistance throughout the festive break, contact your local Visioncall practice.
As always, our team will respond to you as soon as possible!
Did you know that DVLA has ‘standards of vision for driving‘?
So, if you need to wear glasses or contact lenses to meet this visual standard, you must do so.
It’s illegal and dangerous to drive without your glasses if you don’t meet the standards of vision for driving.
DVLA launched its EYE 735T(eye test) campaign in 2018 to raise awareness of the visual requirements for driving.
Do you meet the standards of vision for driving?
EYE 735T is an easy and straightforward way to see if your eyesight meets the minimum requirements for driving.
Can you read a number plate from 20 metres?
Give it a try the next time you see a number plate!
Do you have a health condition that may affect your driving?
If you have a health condition that can affect your driving, you must declare it to the DVLA.
You can find a list of conditions here with more information.
It’s essential to note that being at risk of developing some conditions may also need to be declared.
If you fail to declare a health condition that affects your driving, you can receive a fine or face prosecution if, as a result, you’re in an accident.
By considering whether your eyesight is suitable for driving is to ensure your own safety and of those around you, including pedestrians.
If you have any questions or concerns about your eyesight or eye health, you should speak with your optician.
At this time of year, your risk of falls in winter conditions can increase as a result of the ice, shorter days and darker nights.
Make sure you take care when you’re out and about, and prepare well for going out.
Risk of falls in winter conditions
We naturally have a risk of falls in different situations, from steep steps and something to not wearing our glasses.
However, with varying winter conditions, our risk of falls may increase.
So, we must take steps to prepare and protect ourselves as much as possible to minimise any physical and psychological harm.
While eye care can help us to see the world around us more clearly, there are a few other steps we should take to prepare ourselves for the winter conditions!
How to prepare yourself for going out
When you go out, you should wear warm layers (especially a winter coat!), appropriate shoes and the correct glasses if you need them.
Wrap up warm to help maintain your core body temperature.
If you need glasses, it’s vital to always wear your most up-to-date pair of glasses.
If you have a car or are a passenger, make sure you have a winter kit with an ice scraper, a blanket, food and drink.
Being prepared for the unpredictable nature of winter is essential!
Wearing warm layers and having the essentials with you is beneficial in the eventuality of traffic, car breakdown and delay of public transport etc.
Remember, you can’t see black ice and it’s dangerous!
Risk of falls at home
With darker days and nights, poor lighting in our home can increase our risk of falls indoors.
Dim lighting can make it more difficult to see objects which can then become a trip hazard.
Take extra care even when you’re doing everyday chores like putting the bins out or carrying your shopping inside.
It’s crucial to protect yourself against your risk of falls in winter conditions both indoors and outdoors.
It’s quite common to be concerned about your eye health at some point or another.
We’re going to look at what you should do if you have concerns about your eye health.
Who should I talk to about eye health?
Your optician is a better source of information than Googling your symptoms or worries – we all know how that ends!
For eye related issues, you should always speak with your optican rather than your GP.
If necessary, your optician will refer you to the doctor.
What symptoms should I look out for?
Some of the common symptoms of eye health issues include headaches, itchy eyes, blurry vision and sensitivity to light or dark.
However, it’s essential that you do not self-diagnose an eye condition.
While these symptoms can indicate an underlying eye or health condition, they can also be the result of different factors like stress or lack of sleep.
Sometimes, the common symptoms may simply indicate that you need a new prescription.
If these common symptoms persist, you should speak with your optician.
If you see any of the following in your vision you should ring your optician immediately:
Flashing lights or a shadow in your vision.
Red or painful eyes.
Sudden loss of vision.
Make sure you describe your symptoms clearly and accurately.
How can I care for my eyes daily?
You may even be doing some of the eye care steps without realising!
Proactive eye care can help you maintain your eye health and eyesight for longer, but critically, it’s not a guarantee.
Ultimately, a few easy lifestyle changes can help you delay or prevent age-related eye conditions.
Do you know if it’s normal to have red or painful eyes?
Firstly, it’s vital to understand that red eyes and painful eyes are two separate concerns.
While eyes can sometimes be red and painful at the same time, other times, they may be red, or painful.
Are red or painful eyes normal?
Red or painful eyes are not normal.
They are usually a symptom of an underlying eye condition or an eye injury.
Nevertheless, it’s better to be safe and contact your local optician, not your GP.
Remember to consider your family history of eye health!
While red eyes are not normal, they’re usually nothing to worry about.
Sometimes they may get better after a few days.
However, you should still ring your local optician as they may want to inspect your eye to be on the safe side.
Red eyes are often a symptom of a minor condition, irritation or burst blood vessel.
It’s common for red eyes to cause discomfort or itchiness, but try to avoid rubbing your eyes.
Painful eyes are not normal, and you should contact your local optician immediately.
Pain can be inside or on the surface of your eye, in your eye socket or behind your eye.
You must tell the optician exactly where the pain is so that they’re able to diagnose the cause of your pain.
Also, if you have glaucoma or are at risk of developing the condition, you must contact your optician immediately.
Sometimes when eyes are red or painful, you may experience other symptoms such as flashing lights, double vision, discharge.
If you experience these symptoms alongside pain or redness, you should contact your local optician urgently.
You should describe your symptoms clearly and accurately when asked by optical advisors or your optometrist.
Are you looking to refer a friend to Visioncall?
It’s good to share with friends. And it’s even better when you are rewarded for doing so!
We often are recommended to others within the care industry from our existing partners, and we wanted to introduce a way to thank those who do.
So we have done precisely that.
Visioncall is delighted to introduce our Refer-a-Friend rewards, rewarding our partners who recommend our eye care services to their friends.
It couldn’t be more simple to get involved; here’s how it works…
First of all, you need a friend/colleague who currently manages a fellow care residence, if you’re happy with the services you received from us, pass it on!
Simply ask your friend to contact Visioncall via email or telephone to get started with us.
All they need to do is share your full name and care residence with our team. This means we know who to share the reward with.
We will arrange a demo with them, showcasing the same person-centred eye care service you currently enjoy.
This includes our home visiting sight test and an exclusive range of partnership benefits for all our partners.
Once they have come on board and partnered with Visioncall, you will receive a £20 M&S voucher.
We are excited to offer this and look forward to welcoming your recommendations in the near future.
To browse our partnership benefits please click here.
Have your friends call our team today on 0800 035 3271 or alternatively email us to get started.
Terms and conditions
- Rewards are sent to the address of your care residence after your recommended candidate has successfully partnered with Visioncall.
- Rewards are subject to change(s). Depending on availability.
- You can recommend more than one friend. So you may earn one reward for each successful recommendation.
- Visioncall will deliver rewards to you within 90 days of successful recommendation from our Central Support offices.
As the shorter days cause poor visibility in winter both inside and out, it’s essential to prepare yourself and stay safe.
Some of the day-to-day aspects to consider during the darker winter days are eyewear, driving and lighting.
These are also essential considerations if you’re up early in the morning before sunrise.
Wear your glasses when it’s dark
With poor visibility in longer hours of darkness, you may benefit from wearing your glasses.
When it’s dark, our pupils dilate to allow more light in, but this causes our vision to be blurry, which can be a risk to our safety.
Blurry vision can occur both indoors and outdoors when there’s poor lighting, including when you’re driving.
Your glasses can help keep you safe by correcting your vision as much as possible.
Being able to navigate your daily life safely will help you avoid bumps and falls.
As a result of wearing your glasses, you can help prevent physical and even psychological harm.
Is your home well lit during the darker nights?
As outlined above, lack of light can naturally cause blurry vision, so that naturally leads to the need to improve lighting at home.
You should ask yourself “does my vision get blurry when I’m at home during the dark days or nights?”.
If the answer is yes, or you think you could benefit from more lighting regardless, then it’s an investment worth making!
Bulb brightness and colours
Before you rush to buy the cheapest lights that you can find, you should consider a few things first.
Believe it or not, bulb brightness and the colour of the light are vital!
Which? has a handy guide to help you decide on the type, shape, brightness and colour of the light.
Don’t let the price of a particular lightbulb put you off, as it may be more cost-effective in the long-term.
Most importantly, though, you really can’t put a price on your safety and your health.
Be safe when driving
Winter conditions and shorter days cause poor visibility, so road safety is crucial!
The AA’s guide on preparing for driving in winter conditions includes tips for daily driving when there’s poor visibility.
Make sure you wear your glasses while driving if you need them! You should familiarise yourself with DVLA’s eyesight rules when driving.
Also, be mindful that you need a greater braking distance in rain, ice and snow.
Finally, make sure your car is prepared for winter conditions with anti-freeze coolant, food and water, a torch, a first aid kit and a blanket!