If we can take any lessons from the past year, it’s the importance of caring for our health. Making your eye health a priority in 2021 can help to identify potential issues with your eyesight and receive the right treatment before things get worse.

Discover the importance of making your eye health a priority in our blog below:

Attending Routine Optician Appointments

You may not realise there is an issue with your eye health unless you feel some type of discomfort. Therefore, by attending routine optician appointments, your optician can complete an examination to spot early signs of eye conditions. They can then prescribe you a pair of spectacles or update your current prescription if necessary.

After your eye examination, visit our front desk to schedule your next appointment as recommended by your optician.

Day to Day Eye Care

There are a number of bad habits which can affect your eye health, making it all the more reason to quit. Age related macular degeneration is a common cause of sight loss in the UK, which smokers have a higher chance of developing than non-smokers, in addition to cataracts.

Heavy alcohol consumption can lead to a higher risk of developing early age related macular degeneration. To help lessen alcohol related health issues, limit your alcohol consumption to less than 14 units a week and spread your consumption over 3+ days. It is best to have as many alcohol free days a week as you can.

During the summer months, remember to wear dark sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat as much as possible and avoid looking directly at the sun. 

If you work in a hazardous environment or participate in sports which could possibly cause an eye injury, such as ice hockey or lacrosse, remember to wear protective eye wear at all times.

Reducing Screen Time

Mobile phones, televisions, computers… we always seem to be fixated on one screen or another. To give your eyes the rest they deserve, try to reduce your screen time or take regular breaks.

Ensure you have the appropriate office lighting, computer brightness, font settings and monitor positioning. Remember also to keep blinking and take regular breaks as these can all help your eyes when working on a computer.

Being At High Risk For Eye Disease

It is possible for some people to be at a higher risk from eye disease, making caring for your eye health all the more important. In particular, if you are over 60 years old, have a learning disability, have a family history of eye disease or are from a specific ethnic group regular eye tests are especially important.

African-Caribbean communities have a higher risk of diabetes and glaucoma. While South Asian communities have a higher risk of diabetes – this may increase the risk of diabetic retinopathy, which can cause damage to the retina.

Caring For Your Child’s Eye Health

While your child may not communicate any issues they are having with their eyesight, there are signs that parents and guardians can look out for.

If you notice that your child is excessively blinking, rubbing their eyes, if one eye is turning in or out, they are sitting too closely to screens or are holding objects closer than normal to their face, book an eye test for your child. Your child does not need to be able to read letters to attend an appointment and their optician can address your concerns.

For more information on eye examinations for children, please click here.

Make Your Eye Health a Priority with Dominic Tunnell Opticians

At Dominic Tunnell Opticians, our team is here to help you to care for your eye health in 2021. If you have any concerns with your eyesight or have not recently had a professional eye test, book your appointment with us by calling 01905 613020.