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Look after your eyes

Find out why regular eye tests are important and how a healthy lifestyle can help you maintain good vision.

Why are regular eye tests (sight tests) so important?

It’s easy to neglect your eyes because they rarely hurt when there’s a problem.

Having an eye test won’t just tell you if you need new glasses or a change of prescription, it’s also an important eye health check.

It can spot many general health problems and early signs of eye conditions before you’re aware of any symptoms – many of which can be treated if found early enough.

How often should I have an eye test?

Optometrists recommend that everyone has an eye test about every two years. People over 40 and people with certain health conditions may need sight tests more frequently.

What about my child’s sight?

Children do not usually complain about their sight, but may show signs of not being able to see properly.

Things to look out for include sitting close to the TV, holding objects very close to their face, blinking a lot, eye rubbing, or one eye turning in or out.

If your child is having any sort of sight problems, take them to an optometrist for further investigation.

Children don’t have to be able to read letters to have their eyes examined. Like adults, children should have regular eye checks around every 12 months.

What else can I do to look after my eyes?

Give up smoking

Smokers are much more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration and cataracts compared to non-smokers.

Get moving

While it might seem odd that exercise can help the eyes, it can be important. Research shows that exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss, which can occur as a result of high blood pressure, diabetes, and narrowing or hardening of the arteries.

Eat healthily

A healthy balanced diet, with a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, will benefit your overall health and will help to keep the retina healthy.

Drink within the recommended limits

Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of early age-related macular degeneration. 

The recommended daily alcohol limits are three to four units for men and two to three units for women.

Protect your eyes from the sun

Never look at the sun directly, even when something exciting is happening, such as an eclipse. Doing so can cause irreversible damage to your eyesight and even lead to blindness. Several studies also suggest that sunlight exposure is a risk factor for cataracts.

Wearing a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses can help protect your eyes from UV rays. The College of Optometrists recommends buying good-quality dark sunglasses.

Look for glasses carrying the CE mark and the British Standard BS EN 1836:2005, which ensures they offer a safe level of ultraviolet protection.

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