KEEP YOUR EYES
IN TOP CONDITION
Seeing is an incredibly powerful ability. Most of us rely on it for almost everything we do. Here are some steps you can take to protect your eyes – now and in the long term.
Regular eye tests - An eye examination is a vital health check. It can discover and help prevent conditions that could harm your vision – or your wellbeing. Quick, simple and painless, regular eye examinations can protect your sight and your health.
Know your family history - Some eye diseases can be genetic. Common hereditary eye conditions include age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. Early detection is often the key to successful management or treatment, so it is important to know your family’s health history.
Healthy lifestyle - A healthy diet gives you nutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants to help protect your eyes against harmful UV light and prevent certain eye conditions. Also, exercise helps prevent high blood pressure, which can damage the vision. Together, these two factors can help maintain a healthy body weight and prevent diabetes, which can lead to vision loss in adults.
Digital adjustment - It is important to protect your eyes against the potentially harmful effects of extended computer, laptop and smartphone use. Adjusting screen brightness, resolution and contrast, taking regular screen breaks and avoiding bright sunlight can help prevent the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome.
UV protection - UV rays can be as harmful to your eyes as to your skin – and we are exposed to UV light every day, whatever the conditions. For everyday protection, glasses wearers can opt for an anti-UV coating on their lenses. And when out in the sun, sunglasses with a high Eye-Sun Protection Factor (E-SPF) will help block out harmful rays.
Injury prevention - Common eye injuries can be avoided with the right eye protection. According to the American Academy of Optometry, half of eye injuries result from everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning, gardening and DIY. Some sports and outdoor activities, such as cycling, skiing and squash, also increase the risk of eye injury.