Many of us would consider our sight to be the most important of our five senses. We use our eyes for everything – from the practical to the sublime – simply looking where we are going to taking in a spectacular view. This is why it’s so important to look after them. We’ve put together five top tips on what you can do to keep your eyes in optimal condition:
1. Go for regular check ups
Optometrists recommend we get our eyes tested every two years. This isn’t just important for testing our sight, but for identifying eye health problems such as astigmatism, the onset of keratoconus, cataracts and even simply dry eye syndrome.
2.. Protect Your Eyes From The Sun
Whether you’re lying on a sun lounger basking in glorious sunshine, or racing down the pistes of a popular ski resort – eye protection is everything. Exposing your eyes to harmful UV rays – just like your skin – can damage your eyes permanently, so make sure you invest in a pair of sunglasses or ski goggles if you’re jetting off on holiday anytime soon.
3. Watch What You Eat
Your diet can play a key role in optimizing your eye health. A diet rich in dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and savoy cabbage, along with fish high in omega 3 such as tuna, salmon and halibut come recommended. A healthy weight also contributes to your eye health. Unfortunately, being overweight increases your risk of developing diabetes which can impact on your eye health, increasing the risk of diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.
4. Quit Smoking
Smoking can have a detrimental effect on your eye health causing many age related health problems including macular degeneration, cataracts and optic nerve damage, which left untreated can lead to blindness in worse case scenarios.
5. Rest Your Eyes
With so many screens dominating our lives nowadays, our eyes are made to work harder than ever. Whether it’s smart phones, tablets, computers or TV’s, there is little escape for most of us. Making a conscious effort to rest your eyes, by focusing on objects further away can help reduce eyestrain and keep them at their best.
If you or someone you know does find they are in need of eye casualty, you can go to:
The Prince Charles Eye Unit in Windsor at the following times:
Monday – Friday 09.00hrs – 17.00hrs
Saturday 09.00 – 13.00hrs
Emergency out of hours eye care, including bank holidays is also available by calling the on-call ophthalmologist at the Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust on 0118 322 5111.
Minor injury services are also available at: