7 Top Tips for healthier eyes in 2018
Here are 7 useful ways you can help improve your eye health in 2018
2018 will bring many New Year’s resolutions, so why not make your eyes a part of that resolution. Here are a few tips on how you can do that:
- Book an eye test –Platinum examination
An eye exam is not just important to update your spectacle or CL prescription but it is also important to check the health of your eyes. Our platinum exam involves the Optomap which gives a 200⁰ view of the fundus which can show changes not just for the eyes but also your systemic health. For example, diabetes and high blood pressure can all be picked up from an eye test. With the incredible wide field of view of the fundus diseases in the periphery can also be detected. The OCT which is also part of the platinum exam shows changes occurring at the macula which is important for reading and central vision. So why not book in for an eye test and look after the health of your eyes.
- Get an up to date spectacle / CL prescription
Wearing an out of date prescription can cause various symptoms such as headaches, eye strain and tiredness. These can all be debilitating and can affect lifestyle and work. So update your visual correction for the New Year with an up to date prescription and why not treat yourself to a new frame? With such a wide range of frames to fit all face shapes our expert dispensing opticians will be happy to help and guide you through that process.
- Buy a good pair of sunglasses
Wearing a good pair of sunglasses is not just cool to look at but it is also very important in the health of your eyes. UV radiation & glare is blocked by polarised sunglasses and gives you great vision as glare is reduced. It is important to protect your macula and the intra-ocular lens of the eye as these are affected by UV radiation, and this can be achieved by a good pair of sunglasses. Once again our dispensing opticians will help choose the best style for you.
- Eat healthy
Having a well-balanced and healthy diet is not just important for your body but also plays an important role in the well-being of your eyes. Eating foods that are rich in antioxidants such as leafy green vegetables and fruits such as blueberries help sweep up free radicals in the eye which can cause damage to the structures such as the macula. So help your body and help your eyes by eating healthy.
- Stop smoking
Smoking is not helping your body and your eyes are also affected by smoking. The macular region of the eye is once again affected and the microvasculature in the eyes can become blocked and lead to bleeds which can affect your vision. So by cutting down smoking slowly and then eventually stopping all together, you will be protecting your eyes and your health.
- Drink plenty of water
Keeping hydrated is very important for your body and for your eyes especially since they are made mostly of water. Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration and dry eyes since not enough tears are made. So make it a priority to hydrate yourself in the New Year and keep your eyes comfortable.
- Take breaks on VDU/devices
Taking regular breaks when using a computer at work or when using any devices is important to help reduce eyestrain, dry eye symptoms and eye comfort. Follow the 20:20:20 rule where every 20 mins look away (focus at about 20 feet) from your VDU/device for 20 secs. This will firstly help relax the extraocular muscles and also will force you to blink which will help refresh your tear film and help with the comfort of your eyes. So make regular breaks part of your New Year’s resolution.