Did you know?
• 1.8 million people in the UK are living with sight loss. For 53% of these, a simple sight test and new spectacles could really help.
• A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough
• During a sight test, other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure may be detected.
During the week, the Monnow Eyecare opticians will be joining opticians all over the country to encourage people to look after their eyes by following some simple steps:
- What you eat can affect your vision. A healthy diet with plenty of antioxidants, especially lutein is very beneficial to prevent retinal damage. Greens such as kale, broccoli and spinach and bright coloured fruit and vegetables including corn, carrots, peppers and oranges are great sources of antioxidants. Oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel and eggs are also recommended.
- Regular exercise reduces the risk of sight loss caused by narrowing or hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes.
- Smoking is the biggest cause of developing eye damage called macular degeneration and increases the chances of developing cataracts, so giving up smoking is recommended to protect your eyesight as you get older.
- Excessive alcohol leads to conditions that have a detrimental effect on your eyes.
- Protect your eyes from sunlight by wearing sunglasses that have a CE mark which filters out harmful UV light. Never look at the sun directly.
- Everybody should have a regular sight test. For most people, this will be every 2 years, some people with specific health conditions need more frequent tests, as advised by their optician.
National Eye Health week organisers are keen to get your opinions about sight tests. You can take part by completing this short questionnaire on their website www.visionmatters.org.uk/eye-health-questionnaire/eye-health-questionnaire.
If you have any questions about your eye health or wish to make a sight test appointment with one of the friendly team at Monnow Eyecare, just call us on 01600 715299 or pop into the practice.