Several tips for protecting your eyesight

Your eyes are without a doubt one of your most important organs. Not only do they allow you to see millions of colour variations and shapes, but they also assist in managing the light signals that your body needs to enable its internal clock to run properly. Your eyes are vulnerable, so they need to be protected in order to maintain and improve your vision. While you might be aware that you should always wear protective eyewear during tasks such as welding or woodworking, there are numerous other ways to keep your eyes healthy and protected on a day to day basis.  In this article I will highlight a number of steps that you can take to protect your eyes and keep them healthy.

You Only Get One Pair of Eyes

You Only Get One Pair of Eyes

 

Eat the right foods

While the old adage of “carrots make you see in the dark” might not be true, it’s not to say that eating the right foods doesn’t affect your eye sight.  Protecting your eyes all starts with your diet. Nutrients such as zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E and lutein should all be part of your diet.  It’s said that these nutrients may help prevent age related eyesight problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Try and eat plenty of eggs, nuts, beans, leafy vegetables and oily forms of fish.

Wear sunglasses

By wearing the appropriate sunglasses you will help to protect your eyes from UV rays. Excessive exposure to UV light will increase the likelihood of you getting macular degeneration and cataracts. Make sure that you wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVB and UVA rays. If you wear contact lenses, you can get ones that offer UV protection. However, it’s still recommended that you wear sunglasses for extra protection.

Quit smoking

This is yet another reason to quit smoking. Smoking has been proven to accelerate the development of optic nerve damage, cataracts and macular degeneration. Your eyesight is one of your most important organs, so do you really want to risk it on a habit such as smoking?

Go for regular checkups

Going for regular eyesight checkups is paramount. When was the last time that you had an eye test? If it was when you were a child, chances are you’re due another one.  By going for regular checkups you can identify problems that may benefit from early treatment. While it’s natural for vision to change as you grow older, serious eye problems such as macular degeneration and glaucoma can be treated if detected in early stages.

Take regular breaks from activities that involve prolonged staring

If your job requires to stare at a computer screen for prolonged periods of time, its recommended that you take regular breaks during the day. A lot of computer work can certainly take its toll, resulting in eye strain, headaches or migraines. Consider using artificial tears, these will lubricate your eyes and help reduce eye irritation.

Find out more about your families health history

It’s important that you are aware of your family’s health history as some eye diseases are hereditary.  Does any of your family have a history of high blood pressure or suffer from diabetes? Are you over the age of 60? All of these traits increase the likelihood of you suffering from sight threatening eye diseases.  Eye diseases such as Glaucoma can be hereditary, so if any of your family members have suffered with the condition, go and get yourself checked up.

Consider a health cash plan for optical cover

Having effective optical care is very important and is very rarely covered by private medical insurance policies. As well as that, the cost of optical care is becoming increasingly expensive. Health cash plans can provide you with optical cover that helps you to meet the expensive costs of eyesight tests, prescription glasses, contact lenses and other eyesight related maintenance. By paying as little as £2.00 per week, you can get access to a health cash plan that entitles you to make claims for otherwise expensive optical care. For example, not for profit optical cover from GHCF entitles you to reimbursement for all eyesight treatment and maintenance.

 

 

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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