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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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Have you ever thought about how vision changes as we age?

Not only does ageing bring changes to our sight, but it also increases our risk of developing an eye health condition.

How does eyesight change as we age?

Visual changes due to age can make it difficult to focus on objects, distinguish specific colours or adjust between bright and dim-lit conditions.

If this sounds familiar, you may benefit from wearing reading glasses or brighter lighting around your home.

Why does our vision change?

Presbyopia is the reason that our vision naturally declines over time, as the lens inside our eye stiffens.

It usually occurs from the age of ten but often doesn’t become noticeable until our mid-to-late-forties.

You don’t need to worry as it’s a natural part of the ageing eye and it happens to everyone.

Your family’s eyesight and eye health may also indicate how your vision may change as you age.

Keep an eye out for these visual changes

Other visual changes can indicate a common eye condition such as cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Such changes can include the appearance of gaps, dark spots, blurring, clouding or tunnel vision.

However, it’s essential to be aware that pain in your eye is not a normal visual change or a symptom of common eye conditions.

If your vision suddenly deteriorates, your eye is painful and red, or you see a shadow in your vision, you must make an emergency opticians appointment.

It’s vital to seek treatment within 24 hours to help prevent any sight loss.

Look after your eyes

Your lifestyle can help determine what your vision will be later in life, so it’s key to look after your eyes.

Here we look at how daily eye care can help you to preserve your vision so you can see better and live better for longer.

Balanced diet

Having a balanced diet that is rich in green, leafy vegetables and oily fish can help prevent the development of eye conditions.

These foods are rich in protein, omega-3 and provide you with the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

Exercising regularly can also help to keep your blood pressure low and avoid diabetes.

If you do have diabetes, it is essential to supplement your check-ups and treatment with a healthy diet.

Stop smoking

Avoiding smoking can help to half your risk of developing macular degeneration in your later years.

The sooner you quit, the better your chances of protecting your eyes.

Both your eye health and overall health will benefit from quitting smoking.

For help and support to stop smoking, visit NHS smokefree.

Wear sunglasses

Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

UV rays can increase your risk of temporary sight loss, macular degeneration and cataract.

When purchasing sunglasses, look out for the ‘CE’, British Standard or UV400 marks.

Maintain your vision for longer

These key lifestyle changes can help you to see better and live better for longer.

However, it’s also essential to attend your regular sight test as it’s an essential health check.

If you’re over 65, a regular sight test means visiting the optician once a year.

Ultimately, maintaining vision or achieving better vision can be transformative to a person’s daily life.

It can help enable a person to engage with the world around them and reduce their risk of falls.

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