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National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week

By Tiffany in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 22 September 2020

Eye health is something we often neglect because we tend not to feel any pain when problems arise. However, it is just as important to look after our eyes as it is the rest of our body. There are small lifestyle changes you can make to your everyday life that can have a huge impact on your eye health.

For instance, having a simple eye test will not only tell you if you need glasses or a change of prescription but it can also highlight general health problems and early signs of eye conditions before any symptoms arise, which mean it can be treated if they are found early enough. The NHS recommends that you have your eyes tested every 2 years (more often if advised by your ophthalmic practitioner or optometrist). There are many lifestyle changes you can make to dramatically improve the overall health of your eyes. Here are just a few:

1.) Stop Smoking. Smokers are much more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration which is the most common cause of sight loss.

2.) Lower your alcohol consumption. Heavy drinking has shown to increase the risk of developing early age-related macular degeneration.

3.) Protect your eyes from the sun. Wear a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

4.) Eat well. Try to eat a diet that consists of vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, amino acids, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, and lutein, all of which contribute to optimal eye health.. 

5.) Take Ginko Biloba. This herb improves eye blood flow and circulation, which works to improve vision. In addition, it helps protect your eyes from eye conditions such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Take 2-3 120mg of ginkgo biloba capsule per day. However, always consult your doctor before taking supplements.. 

6.) Eye Exercises – It is just as important to exercise your eyes as it is your body. In fact, eye exercises can be very beneficial to your overall eye health.

Eye Exercise: · Hold a pencil at arm’s length and allow your eyes to focus on the pencil. · Slowly bring the pencil back towards your nose. · Next, move the pencil away fromyour face until you can no longer focus on the pencil.. Repeat this exercise

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