Something most of us see eye to eye on is that vision is the most valued of all our senses and it gives us the independence we cherish.
Luckily, there are many things you can do to help your eyes stay healthy, so we had an eye-dea!
Why not start giving those precious peepers the TLC they deserve?
1:-Just like the rest of your body, your eyes benefit from eating a healthy varied diet and giving up smoking. There are also simple things you can do to help with dry or uncomfortable eyes.
2:-Just like the skin, your eyes need protecting from the sun too. That's why we include anti-UV coatings, which offer all round UV protection, with all our prescription sunglasses and glasses, at no extra cost.
3:-The eyes may be the windows to the soul but they also allow us to look out for tell-tale signs of other health conditions, like diabetes.
Getting your sight checked at least once every two years can help give you the peace of mind that you are staying on top of your eye health.
A Feast For The Eyes
Just like the rest of the body, our eyes need nourishment from the nutrients in various foods. Eating well supports good health in many ways, so you'll score double points in one easy strike!
Our Optometrist has given below their top nutrients for healthy eyes:
Omega 3: The Omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA contributes to normal vision but also has a structural role throughout the body.
Zinc: Foods like bread and meat are a good source of this mineral which helps maintain vision. Zinc also helps support normal cognitive function, that's mental processes like memory and learning to you and me.
Carotenoids: When you are watching television or reading, you are using your central vision, which comes from the back of the eye in a region called the macula.
The macula has a yellow colour, or pigment, which comes in part from nutrients called carotenoids. These are found in many brightly coloured foods like mangoes, yellow peppers, leafy greens and corn.
Lack of nutrients can leave the macula much more susceptible to damage and therefore at greater risk of gradual loss of central vision in a condition called Age Related Macular Degeneration.
If you need a helping hand getting a variety of nutrients into your diet, you might want to consider a supplement.*
*Supplements should not be regarded as a substitute for a varied diet or healthy lifestyle.
If you have any questions about taking supplements for your eyes, our Optician will be able to help answer them.
The Low Down On Lighting Up
Kicking the habit may be hard but the benefits you'll get will have you feeling you are onto a real winner!
You won't just help your overall health but you'll take care of your eyes too because smoking is linked to the UK's biggest cause of blindness, Age Related Macular Degeneration.
Safety Just Got Ultra Cool
Sunglasses may be the go-to summer accessory but they need never go out of season because even when the sun's not beaming down, Ultra Violet Rays can still damage our eyes.
Whether you drive, play sport, or are an occasional wearer, we can help you find the sunglasses to meet your needs.
Being stylish needn't mean compromising on safety either, because all our sunglasses come with an UV resistant coating which offers our highest UV protection. That's because our lenses offer UV protection on the back, as well as the front of the lens.
Because children's eyes are particularly sensitive to UV rays, be sure to pick a pair for them too!
If you wear contact lenses, you can also get built-in UV protection. Our Optometrist will happily take you through your options.
I Spy With My Little Eye
Remember the endless discoveries the world held when you were a child? Beyond eyes being a window to a world of new experiences, 80% of what children learn is through sight.So it is well worth caring for their eyes.Some key things to bear in mind include:
- Getting your children's eyes checked while they are still developing makes it easier to nip any problems in the bud. Children usually have their eyes checked by a health visitor when they are a year old, and it's advisable to check them again at four or five years old. Children under the age of 16 can get a free NHS-funded eye check every year.
- For all those hours spent outdoors, remember to keep them protected in their own pair of sunnies too.
- Just like adults, nutritious meals help children maintain their normal vision.
What An Eye Opener
Chances are you are reading this on some sort of screen. Much as we may love the convenience that comes with the digital age, hours spent focusing on screens means we blink less, which may leave eyes feeling dry, gritty, and uncomfortable. They might even look a little red. Here's a few options to consider:
- Using the appropriate eye drops means that you can instantly soothe irritated and red eyes.
- A spray can be a great alternative to drops if you want something to use while on the go, or perhaps in the office.
- A soothing gel might just give you a little extra relief before you go to bed. Try using a gel once you've finished your cleansing routine.
- Having dry eyes may sometimes make it easier for mild infections to inflame the eyelids. If you've got sensitive eyes, there are some great products you can use to address this. They'll soothe and moisturise inflammed eyelids, while removing traces of makeup.