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National Eye Health Week




20th - 26th September


Vision really matters. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know how to look after our eyes – National Eye Health Week aims to change all that!


So what can you do?


Firstly, get your sight tested!

(If you've not done so in the last 2 years)


There are other things you can do to look after your eyes. You should consider the following:


Diet

Studies show that what we eat can affect our vision. Antioxidants can help to prevent retinal damage. One anti-oxidant which is hugely beneficial is lutein. Foods recommended for eye health include:

  • Broad leaf greens such as kale and spinach

  • Brightly coloured fruit and veg such as corn, carrots, orange sweet peppers and oranges

  • Oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel

  • Broccoli

  • Eggs

Exercise

Lack of exercise contributes significantly to several eye conditions, particularly amongst people aged 60 and over. Exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss from narrowing or hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes.


Alcohol

Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to serious health conditions which can have a detrimental effect on your eye health.

Smoking

After aging, smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing macular degeneration. Smoking also increases your risk of developing cataracts.

The sun

Protecting your eyes from the sun is very important and should not be underestimated. Under no circumstances should you ever look at the sun directly. Your sunglasses should have the CE mark on them which ensures that they are giving you the right level of ultraviolet protection



FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN NATIONAL EYE HEALTH WEEK, HEAD HERE:

https://www.visionmatters.org.uk/