Your eyes are important to your health and caring for your vision can lead to a better quality of life as your eyes affect how you see, feel and your performance at work, school and home. People with vision problems are more likely to have diabetes, poor hearing, heart problems, high blood pressure, lower back pain, falls, injury and depression.
There are habits you can form to help keep your eyes healthy and make sure you are seeing your best for a lifetime. Comprehensive eye care including vision rehabilitation, prevention and treatment services from Eyecare Plus aim to ensure you can access eye care that meets your needs at every stage of life.
Top tips for healthy eyes
1. Your diet should include fruits and green leafy vegetables with lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, vitamins C and E and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, to lower the risk of dry eyes and eye diseases.
2. Maintain a healthy weight because being overweight increases your risk of developing diabetes which puts you at a higher risk of getting diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma.
3. Always wash your hands before inserting or removing contacts and store them in cleansing solutions. Only wear contacts as long as they’re supposed to be worn as your eyes can become damaged if you wear them too long.
4. Protect your eyes from too much UV exposure when you’re outside during daylight sunburn by wearing sunglasses blocking 100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation to lower your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and eye sunburn.
5. Wear protective eyewear, safety goggles or helmets with protective face masks when playing sports, doing factory work, construction, repairs, working in the garden or dealing with hazardous substances.
6. As you get older, you are at higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions so it is important to identify and treat eye diseases as early as possible as they can lead to vision loss.
7. Staring at a screen for too long can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, trouble focusing at a distance, dry eyes, headaches, as well as neck, back and shoulder pain so choose a supportive chair, anti-glare screen, rest your eyes every 20 minutes and blink often.
8. Visit your eye doctor at Perspective Optometry for a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year to determine eye health and detect early signs of eye disease, like glaucoma that have no symptoms, when they’re easier to treat.