It is easy to take good eyesight for granted, as many people do in their youth. Most people only start to investigate eye health when their eyesight deteriorates during midlife or if their eyes become irritable, sore or tired. Yet there are things that you can do to maintain good eye health. So if your sat in your Gloucester Park Homes personalised living space that you bought from sites like www.parkhomelife.com/our-parks/orchard-park struggling to read the book in front you – here are six tips to start with.
Eat foods that promote good vision
Protect your eyes by eating plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C and E, lutein, and zinc. Research suggests that these nutrients can combat eye problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration, which are age-related. Diabetes, caused by poor diet, is a common cause of adult blindness. It is also important to drink lots of water.
Smoking has been linked with an increased incidence of optic nerve damage, cataracts and macular degeneration. If you smoke, the sooner you stop, the better it will be for your eye health. For more information, read the NHS guidelines to eye health at http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Eyehealth/Pages/Eyehealthhome.aspx.
It is important to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays, by wearing the right type of sunglasses. The best ones block almost all UVA and UVB rays.
Use safety eyewear in hazardous environments
To prevent physical damage to your eyes, it is advisable to wear protective eye goggles made with polycarbonate lenses.
Computer safe behaviour
Spending too much time in front of the computer screen can cause many health related problems, including eyestrain, blurred vision, dry eyes, headaches and pains through the neck, shoulders and back. If you wear glasses, these should be suitable for computer distance, and you should try to blink at regular intervals to keep the surface of your eyes moist.
Regular visits to an optician
Optometrists recommend that everyone has an eye test at least every two years. In reality, if we have no problems with our sight, we rarely have eye tests until our eyesight starts to fail in our forties. The interesting thing is that problems with your eyes can be a signal for health issues in other parts of the body.
Good eyesight enhances quality of life, so it is worth the regular visit for an eye test to ensure that all is well.