Healthy Eyes

Here’s some tips to help you keep your eyes healthy

Get tested – The most common eye conditions include age related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma. Almost 50 per cent of eye problems can be treated successfully if caught early. For many eye conditions, once the sight is gone it is not recoverable, so make sure you get your eyes tested at least every two years.

Eat well – Kale, spinach blackberries and bananas are just some of the foods that can help improve your eye health.

Stop smoking – Smoking can double the risk of Age Related Macular Degeneration

Exercise regularly – Exercise can reduce the risk of obesity which can lead to conditions such as diabetes which in turn can lead to sight loss.

Protect your eyes from the sun – Wearing sun glasses, glasses or contact lenses with built in UV filters will protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays which can increase the risk of developing conditions such as cataracts.

Tips for regular screen users...

 

Use 20-20-20

Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away (six metres) for 20 seconds to give your eye muscles a break and help increase the rate of blinking.

Check your lighting 

Bright light can cause eye strain, so avoid lights directly behind your screen that will reflect on the display.

Positioning 

Make sure your monitor is 18-24 inches away and positioned slightly below eye level, so you aren’t looking up[ at your screen.

Text size

If you’re struggling to read, make the font size larger, you can adjust your computer so you can have a different contracts and colours to suit your needs, not just black print on a white background.