Preventative Eye Care
PREVENTING AN EYE CONDITION IS FAR BETTER THAN HAVING TO CURE ONE
When it comes to your eyes, it makes sense to keep them protected against as many harmful conditions as possible doesn’t it? After all, why wait for a problem to occur that could have been prevented in the first place?
At Mersey Eyecare, we have asked our optical professionals to put their heads together and come up with some great ways in which you can keep your eyes as healthy as possible in between visits to the optician. Here is what they came up with:
Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with any conditions as they may be hereditary. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk of developing an eye problems. Additionally, you may require more regular check-ups.
Would we be right to assume that you’ve heard the old tale that ‘carrots are good for your eyes?’But did you know that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables – particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens – can play an important part in keeping your eyes healthy too? Research has also shown that there are eye health benefits to eating fish such as salmon, tuna, and halibut as they are high in omega-3.
Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing systemic conditions such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma, which can lead to vision loss. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor.
Wear protective eyewear when playing contact sports or taking part in potentially dangerous activities (such as DIY) around the home. Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards that can be specially designed for certain situations. Most protective eyewear lenses are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics.
Did you know that smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body? Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and optical nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.
Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When purchasing sunglasses look for ones that block out both UVA and UVB radiation.
If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer or focusing on close up tasks, you can sometimes forget to blink which can cause your eyes to become fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look up from whatever you are doing about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce strain on your eyes.
To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before inserting or removing your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate.
Employers are required to provide a safe work environment. When protective eyewear is required as a part of your job, make sure that you are wearing it at all times and encourage your co-workers to do the same.
Screens are known to emit harmful rays which can impair your vision. Firstly, you should try to avoid exposing yourself to screens for extensive time periods. Secondly, it is a good idea to sit at a safe distance from the screen to prevent more damage to your eyes.
For any more information about preventative eye care or to book an appointment with us then please call 0151 727 3636 and a member of the team will be happy to help.