Ways to Prevent Sight Deterioration

Eyes are an incredible part of the human body, and many of us take can take it for granted. It’s only realising when one’s sight begins to deteriorate that we realise we could - and should - have looked after it better. So many things can have a detrimental effect on our vision and there are a lot of precautions we can take towards preventing problems later in life. Here is guide to looking after your eyes.

Think about your diet: Just as eating foods that are low in saturated fats can have a positive impact on our blood pressure and weight, there are foods that have been proven to contribute to the health of our eyes. The Omega three vitamin found in fish such as tuna and mackerel is great for your eyes and studies have linked this to the prevention of certain eye problems later in life. Zinc and vitamin C are also thought to contribute to good eye health.

Take care of your eyes: Many of us take care of our bodies, watch what we eat and exercise on a regular basis, but a lot of us don’t even think about the damage that we could be doing to our eyes. Sitting close to TV and computer screens can cause eye discomfort as well as headaches so try to take regular breaks if you are working in front of a computer screen all day. You may not have thought it, but studies have shown that smoking can increase the likelihood of eye problems as you get older.

Protective eye wear: There are many professions in which it is advised to don protective eyewear– such as in construction and building industries – and these rules are in place to protect you. Another thing that can impact on your eyes is sunlight, so remember to choose sunglasses with UV protection to prevent you from sun damage. Not all sunglasses have this protection built in, so make sure you check that they do before buying.

Get regular check-ups: A good way to keep on top of your eye’s health is to get regular check-ups with an optician. It is advised that you have an eye test every two years, but this may differ depending on the history of your eye health and you may be asked to go back sooner. You should visit your optician immediately if you notice any changes in your sight –many offer a free eye test so go for it. It’s best to be safe.

Laser eye surgery: Laser eye surgery can correct poor vision, meaning that you would no longer need glasses or contact lenses. This could make a huge difference to your life and you can find out more information about costs and if this the right option for you on the Optimax website.


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This article published on
06 September 2013

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