This post (written by an optometrist) aims to highlight  habits to maintain healthy eyes, even in old age.

EyesightWhen people ask what they should include in their diet to keep their eyes healthy, eye care specialists often give the same following advice and it really depends on what they are looking to achieve in their quest for healthy eyes. To start, eat leafy green vegetables and fruits which contain natural pigments such as carrots, green and red peppers. These pigments act as anti-oxidants protecting your eyes from harmful rays such as UV light. Vitamin C is an important supplement alongside compounds such as zinc that protect your eyes from age related eye diseases such as age related macular degeneration (AMD). It has recently been found that taking fish oils regularly has an important part to play in slowing down the progression of this eye disease. It had also been documented that essential fish oils can aid relief of dry eye symptoms. Of course drinking plenty of water (1.5 litres daily) can also help in dry eye problems.

There is nothing more important than having regular eye tests. Conditions such as glaucoma do not show up with any symptoms until it’s too late and the damage has been done. Glaucoma is a condition in which the optic nerve at the back of the eye becomes damaged, often due to a build-up of pressure in the eyes. This pressure won’t cause any symptoms initially but it can be picked up early by an eye specialist. If left untreated, blindness can be the result. Other more obvious and common conditions causing blurred vision can be picked up at the opticians such as long-sightedness (difficulty focussing at near) and short-sightedness (difficulty focussing at distance). In conclusion, to assess the condition of your eyes and to reduce risk factors of developing certain eye problems it is vital to have regular check-ups.

What about contact lenses? How can I look after my eyes with contact lenses? This too is a common question amongst patients who are just starting out with contact lenses and those who have been long term existing wearers of prescription contact lenses. Symptoms amongst some contact lens wearers include red eyes, gritty eyes or burning sensations with their contact lenses. Most of the time this can be put down to eye dryness. This can be solved by speaking to your contact lens practitioner about better contact lens materials or comfort drops to help lubricate the eyes. If pain or reduced vision develops with contact lenses them the condition could be more serious and may require immediate medical intervention. There have been cases where this has happened to those who buy contact lenses from unregistered and unregulated suppliers, most of the time over the Internet. So if you would like to buy you your prescription contact lenses online make sure you buy from registered healthcare practitioners who ask you for optician details so that you know you are getting the right product for your eyes.

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Written by Optometrist and contact lens specialist Kishan Devraj BSc (Hons) MCOptom, director of Contact Lens Mail – registered online contact lens supplier

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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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