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Help to keep your eyes in top condition with these six tips to prevent sight loss..

1) Eat a well-balanced diet

In particular, try to make leafy green vegetables, oily fish and citrus fruits a regular part of your diet.  Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E could help to prevent age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts.  Supplements are also available which are specifically tailored to your eye health – ask your optician to find out more.

2) Quit smoking

People who smoke double their chance of forming cataracts and suffer a three-fold risk of developing macular degeneration.  Both of these conditions can lead to sight loss which may be irreversible!  The good news is that quitting smoking at any age, even later in life, can significantly reduce your risk of developing many eye related diseases.

3) Use eye products wisely

Follow the guidance from your optician when using contact lenses, cleaning them as suggested and replacing them as often as required.  This goes for eye makeup too – replace your mascara every 3 months or sooner if you have suffered from an eye infection.

4) Get into the habit of looking away from your computer

Digital eye strain is becoming more common as we spend longer amounts of time on digital devices, be it computers, smart phones or tablets.   Follow the 20-20-20 rule to avoid getting headaches and blurred vision – simply rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.

5) Use protective eye wear

Wearing approved safety goggles and eye guards can help prevent eye injury, whilst sunglasses are especially important to prevent damage caused by UV radiation.  

6) Visit your optician regularly for check-ups

Most people require a sight examination somewhere between every six months and every two years.  It is so important to keep up to date with your check-ups to give your optician the best chance of spotting any health conditions early.  We also recommend opting for an advanced sight test which includes digital retinal screening.  This allows your optician to see a much wider area at the back of the eye, helping them to detect conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure as well as numerous eye conditions.

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