In the name of good health we sweat it out in the gym, try and abstain from unhealthy food but what do we do to protect our eyes? Here are a few quick and easy ways to make sure your eye health is not being compromised.

1 Eye Test

Everyone should have an eye examination on a yearly basis to ensure that their eyes are functioning properly.  An eye test can also detect any potentially fatal problems.  A number of visual problems have little or no symptoms but can be destructive when left untreated.  A quick and easy visit to the Opticians will help rule out anything sinister.  Book an eye test today and start the new year with clear vision.eye sight

2 Sunglasses

Just as your skin requires suntan lotion when you go in the sun, so too do your eyes.  Although sunglasses have become a stylish fashion accessory, they do in fact play a huge role in protecting the eyes from overexposure to the sun and harmful UV rays, which in turn can lead to the development of cataracts and macular degeneration.  When purchasing a pair of sunglasses, make sure they have 100% UV protection.  Sunglasses should not only be donned in summer, they should be worn when outside in areas which have high glare such as when it snows.

 

3 Protective Eyewear

If you work in an environment where there is heavy machinery being handled then it essential that you wear eye protection.  Even simple home DIY jobs require protective eyewear to be worn to eliminate the possibility of debris going into the eye.

4 Eye Strain

When we focus on work, whether it be studying from books or working at a computer we tend to blink less than we would normally.  In order to promote optimum eye health, ensure you take regular breaks from your workstation every few hours.  Get up and walk around for 10 minutes before returning to the task in hand.  Furthermore, look up from what you are doing and focus on something in the distance so that your eyes are being used which in turn will instigate blinking, thus keeping your eyes nice and moist.

5 Eye Lubricants

The older we get, the drier our eyes seem to get.  The reason people often get dry eyes is that the tear film doesn’t have the right consistency of water, mucus and oil.  In order to keep your eyes properly hydrated, they need to be lubricated.  Artificial tears can provide relief for temporary, dry eyes such as those caused by computer eye strain, tiredness and windy conditions.  Most lubricating eye drops you can get over-the-counter work by supplementing the moisture that is naturally produced in your eyes with tear elements that are in our eyes already.  This makes eyes less dry and itchy and more moist and comfortable.

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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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