Did you know that 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss which is serious enough to impact their daily lives? National Eye Health Week 2021 takes place from 20 – 26 September with the aim of promoting excellent eye health and the importance of attending regular eye examinations.
How to Care for Your Eye Health
While looking after your eye health, there are several ways to improve your daily routine to help. This includes paying attention to vitamins for eye health and foods for eye health as maintaining a well balanced diet can benefit your overall health, as well as your eyes.
Maintaining a balanced diet to allow you to maintain a healthy weight can reduce your risk of obesity related issues such as type 2 diabetes, which can cause adult blindness. In addition, a selection of nutrients which we will mention below can help to reduce the risk of age related vision problems, including cataracts and macular degeneration.
Foods for Eye Health
Use National Eye Health Week 2021 as an opportunity for a fresh start with a fresh new meal plan. There are a range of foods which you can include in future meal plans, which contain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E.
- Salmon, tuna and oily fish
- Oysters and pork
- Green leafy vegetables
- Oranges, citrus fruits and juices
- Eggs, nuts, beans and non-meat protein sources
Wearing Eye Protection
Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. While shopping for sunglasses it is important to look out for pairs which block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays. For further protection ensure your sunglasses design protects your eyes from the side and features polarised lenses to reduce glare while you are driving.
If your occupation requires you to work with hazardous or airborne materials, wear safety goggles. Eye protection is also essential if you are playing sports which have any possibility of injuring your eyes, such as ice hockey or lacrosse.
Prolonged use of a screen, whether it be on a mobile phone, tablet or computer, can cause eye strain. Our past blogs are filled with information on blue light filter glasses and drops for working from home as well as tips for avoiding eye strain.
Importance of Regular Eye Examinations
Looking after your eye health is just as important as any other area of heath. This form of self care can not only help your sight, but by attending regular eye examinations it can help to detect early signs of a variety of conditions, from glaucoma to diabetes.
When there is an issue with your eyes it doesn’t always hurt, making it easy to go unnoticed. By visiting an optician for an eye test they can inform you if you are in need of new glasses or a new prescription, as well as checking your eye health.
The NHS recommends that eye examinations should be booked every two years, unless you are advised to have them more regularly by your opthalmic practitioner or optometrist.
National Eye Health Week 2021
National Eye Health Week aims to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular eye examinations, which both adults and children should be encouraged to do.
At Dominic Tunnell Opticians we offer a wide range of expertise with eye examinations, contact lenses, spectacles and sunglasses. Use National Eye Health Week 2021 as a reminder of the importance of eye health and to book an optician appointment if you are overdue a visit by calling 01905 613020.