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National Eye Health Week 2020

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From Monday 21st to Sunday 27th September, National Eye Health Week aims to remind us all of the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye examinations. According to Vision Matters, sight is the sense people fear losing the most, so why are there so many people living with sight loss in the UK? There are a number of different eye conditions that can develop from poor eye health, your age or lifestyle choices. Loss of vision or eye disease can affect anyone, but if you are over 60 or you have a family history of eye disease, it’s even more important to look after your eyes.

Looking after your vision

During National Eye Health Week, take some time to learn how to take care of your eyes and book an eye examination. You can find out if you could be doing more with this handy eye health calculator.

It can be helpful to learn some of the symptoms of the most common eye conditions. In some cases, you may not notice any signs in the early stages, which makes it all the more important to visit an optician regularly. In conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma, your vision can deteriorate very slowly and often goes unnoticed.

By attending regular eye examinations, your optician can pick up on any early signs of vision problems, as well as other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. If you are unsure what to expect when visiting your optician, you can find out more here.


Promoting healthy eyes

Your eyes go through a lot every day, and there are a number of factors that can affect how healthy your eyes are. Your age, diet, exposure to the sun, alcohol and smoking could all have a negative impact on your vision and eye health.

Including just a few extra foods in your diet could help to boost eye health, such as leafy greens like kale and spinach. You can also try to eat more fish, eggs and brightly coloured vegetables like carrots and peppers.

Smoking is one of the biggest risks for worsening eye health after ageing, and it can increase your chances of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Protecting your eyes from the sun should never be underestimated. Overexposure to UV light can result in an increased risk of cataracts and photokeratitis. This is because UVA rays can pass through your retina. Simple steps like wearing sunglasses and avoiding the sun at its strongest can help to protect your eyes.


Get involved in National Eye Health Week

The biggest way to get involved in this year’s National Eye Health Week is to check whether you are due an eye examination. If you are, don’t put it off. Find your nearest local optician and make an appointment today.

Talk to your friends, family and colleagues about their eye health, and make sure they are attending regular eye examinations too. If you are back in the office, why not put up a poster on the noticeboard, or send around a newsletter that includes a piece on eye health?

Look out across social media for more helpful tips and advice on looking after your eyes and finding the right lenses to suit your vision needs

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