7 healthy habits that look after your eyesight
We all know that prevention is better than cure, so here are the top tips from the experts at Monnow Eyecare to keep your eyes healthy and protect your eyesight as you grow older.
Exercise is great for improving your blood circulation which means more oxygen is delivered and more toxins removed from your eyes
- Eat a balanced diet
Food rich is antioxidants is beneficial for maintaining good eyesight, so getting enough vitamins A and C from citrus fruits and leafy green vegetables is important. Omega 3 oils are needed to maintain healthy central vision (the part of the eye called the macula). Omega 3 oils are found in oily fish such as salmon and mackerel.
- Get a good night's sleep.
A good night time routine and getting enough sleep allows your body, including your eyes, to rest and recuperate. Change your mobile or other screens to night time settings in the evening to prepare your body for sleep.
This is especially important if you are a contact lens wearer, when you’ll need to stick carefully to the daily hygiene routine explained by your optician. Before you touch your eyes, you should always wash your hands with a mild soap and dry them properly. This avoids bacteria and viruses getting to the surface of your eye and causing infections such as conjunctivitis (pink eye). This is a common way people catch colds because they rub their eyes with hands that have been in contact with the cold virus.
- Give up or cut down on smoking.
Smoking exposes your eyes to a high level of oxidative stress, which can cause damage and represents an increased risk of developing several eye conditions. Opticians strongly recommend giving up smoking for optimum eye health.
- Wearing sunglasses.
Although most of us love being in the sun, harmful ultraviolet light (UVA and UVB) causes damage, so be especially careful when the sun is strong. When you’re out of doors for long periods of time or when you are near reflective surfaces such as sea, swimming pools or snow take extra care.
- Use screens responsibly.
The high energy blue light from digital devices such as screens, TV’s and mobile phones means you need to replace the eye nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin in your diet or by taking supplements. Try to follow a routine of adjusting the height of screens slightly below eye level, keep them between 20 – 24” from your eyes and adjust the settings so that you minimise glare. Get into the habit of having a screen break for your eyes every 20 minutes by focussing on a distant object for 20 seconds. If you get dry eyes, your optician will recommend lubricating eye drops to relieve this.
Finally, having a regular eye test is important so that changes in your vision or eye health can be detected and treated if necessary. To book a test us call 01600 715 299, visit the practice or book online here.