Your eyes are the most important sensory organ of the human body and four fifths of all the impressions on the senses come from the eye. Daily activities we may take for granted depend on good vision such as driving, communicating with others, shopping, cooking and more. Here are some tips from our opticians at Edmonds & Slatter to show your eyes how much you care:
1. Take Your Eyes to a Nice Dinner
A deficiency in proper vitamins can impair retinal function. Foods that contain vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are good for eye health. Some examples include raw red peppers, sunflower seeds and nuts, leafy greens such as kale and spinach, seafood such as salmon, sweet potatoes and beans and legumes.
2. Make a Date with the Optician
It’s important to have your eyes regularly checked. Eye tests can detect diseases early such as glaucoma which has no symptoms in the beginning. Vision loss can mostly be prevented if conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma are caught and treated early.
3. Buy Them Shades
Excessive exposure to UV radiation increases the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration later in life. Choose good quality sunglasses from recognised retailers that block out 100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation.
4. Give Them a Break
It’s easy to overuse your eyes. Since smartphone and computer use has gone up, and sometimes your eyes forget to blink, our eyes are more fatigued than ever. Here’s something to try: the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This will help reduce eye fatigue and strain.
5. Don’t Smoke
Smokers are four times more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than that of non-smokers. They are also more likely than non-smokers to develop cataracts. Smoking may speed deterioration by increasing the number of damaging chemical compounds or reducing the number of protective nutrients delivered by the bloodstream to the eye.
We think your eyes will feel the love this Valentine’s Day with these simple ways to show you care. Please call any of our practices in Blaby, Lutterworth or Glenfield to arrange your “Date” with our opticians!