National Eye Health Week – Top Tips!

This week is National Eye Health week so perhaps it’s a good time to share FOUR top tips for keeping your eyes in tip-top condition.

1 Eat a healthy, varied diet rich in Vitamin A, C, E and Lutein: such as eggs; oranges; leafy green vegetables (particularly kale and spinach); tomatoes; nuts and seeds.

2 STOP SMOKING (or at least cut down)! Smoking is the biggest ‘modifiable’ risk factor for macular disease, with smokers being 4 times more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration than non-smokers.

3 Protect your eyes from both blue and ultraviolet light all year round. It’s not just your skin that can get cancer from the sun, and UV light has also been implicated in the development of cataracts and possibly macular degeneration. Choose good quality overshades and always ensure they are European CE kitemarked.

4 Have regular sight tests which can detect signs of some conditions such as glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough. An eye test may also detect other undiagnosed health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.