National Eye Health Week 2020, which runs from Monday 21st September to Sunday 27th September, is an awareness week aiming to promote the importance of caring for your eye health and attending regular eye tests. 

At Dominic Tunnell Opticians we utilise the highest quality products, latest technology and qualified opticians to offer the best care for every aspect of your vision. By offering a bespoke service, we want to encourage all customers to prioritise their eye health and make the most of the eye examinations, contact lenses and spectacles we have available.

Why Should I Attend Eye Tests?

It is very easy for us to neglect problems with our eyes, as they often don’t cause pain like a broken bone would. It is also too easy to assume that any issues are down to eye strain, which is why attending eye tests is so important. During your examination, your optician can check for any concerns and inform you of any changes to your prescription for new glasses. If spotted early enough, some eye conditions can be easier to treat.

If you notice any changes in your eye sight, please book an appointment with your optician.

Keeping Your Eyes Safe

As part of National Eye Health Week 2020, it is important to learn ways to protect our eye health as part of our daily routines. On warmer days, make sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the ultraviolet rays coming from the sun. Overexposure to UV rays can increase your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. When shopping for sunglasses, look for pairs which are designed to block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

In hazardous environments, safety glasses and protective goggles are essential. Whether this is a construction site or a sports ground for ice hockey or lacrosse, keep your eyes protected. Shop for helmet designs which include a protective face mask or polycarbonate lens sports goggles.

Having a Break from Technology

Staring at a bright screen for a long period of time can cause a series of eye issues, including:

  • Blurry vision
  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Difficulty focusing your eyesight from a distance

If you work primarily on a computer, there is advice on minimising eye strain available. Use National Eye Health Week 2020 to reorganise your work space, to benefit your eye health.

Leading a Healthy Lifestyle

Our diets can affect many aspects of our body, including our eye health. Nourishing your body with nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins C and E, zinc and lutein can all help reduce your risk of vision difficulties. Including cataracts and macular degeneration.

These nutrients can be found in an array of foods, including green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, oily fish, eggs, nuts, beans, oysters and pork. National Eye Health Week 2020 can be a great time to test out some new nutrient rich recipes. However, don’t forget that the key is a balanced diet, as maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, which can cause blindness in adults.

Smoking can cause many problems too, including damage to your optic nerves, cataracts and macular degeneration. Speak to your doctor for advice on how to quit smoking, for a healthier lifestyle.

Booking Your Eye Test

At Dominic Tunnell Opticians, we are currently fully operational for all eye exams and contact lens consultations. Before making an appointment, we will be asking everyone to complete an online form, so that your optician can tailor your eye exam accordingly.

We look forward to seeing you!