04 September 2018

Don't lose sight: 5 Ways to Protect your vision

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The 24th September 2018 sees in National Eye Health Week. Sight is the sense that people are most fearful of losing, but do you really know how to protect your eyesight? If you fall into the bracket of being concerned about vision loss, but are only taking minimal steps in caring for their eyes, this one's for you. 

The objective of National Eye Health Week is to create change in how we 'see' our own eyes. About two million people are living with severe sight loss in UK, limiting and impacting on their daily activities. 50% of this population’s sight loss is avoidable.

What can you do? 

1.) Visit your optician regularly 

At the optician, you'll be examined by an ophthalmic practitioner or optometrist who is trained to recognise abnormalities and conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma. If you don't go, you won't know.

2.) Limit screen time

Stick to the 20-20-20 rule. Never heard of it? The rule says that for every 20 minutes spent looking at a screen, a person should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will reduce eye strain. 

3.) Reduce alcohol

Multiple studies have shown increased cateract formation in patients with higher alcohol consumption.

4.) Don't look at direct sunlight

Extended exposure to the sun's UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pingueculae, pterygia and photokeratitis that can cause temporary vision loss.

5.) Eat more fruit and vegetables 

Vitamins and eye health are interlinked. Vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids all play a role in eye health. According to Web MD, they can help prevent cataracts. They may also fight off age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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