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Looking after your eyes can be particularly difficult as they don’t always hurt when they are in need of care, but there are ways to make sure that they are in the best of health and protect them from injury.

Look After Your Eyes How to Look After Your Eyes

Test Them Out

You should take an eye test every couple of years as eyesight doesn’t often degenerate instantly. It can be a slow process that is hard to notice until you realise that the book is pressed up against your nose. An eye test can detect signs of an eye condition before it affects your vision, and could potentially save your sight. Conditions such as Glaucoma can have no symptoms at all, but can be spotted through a thorough eye test.

Protect Them

If you sit at a computer for more than three hours a day, do DIY or enjoy the sunshine, then you need to think about protecting your eyes.

If you spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen:

  • Remember to blink! If you don’t your eyes will become dry and uncomfortable.
  • Have a break. It is recommended that you look away from the screen for at least thirty seconds if not more to give your muscles a break.
  • The top of the monitor should be at eye level or slightly below, and should be positioned approximately 50cm away.

If you do DIY:

  • Every year around 30,000 eye injuries are caused by DIY related activity.
  • Protective eyewear should always be worn for hammering, chiselling, drilling, splitting tiles, painting ceilings and laying insulation.

In the sun:

  • The UVA and UVB rays found in sunlight may harm your eyes, such as cataracts.
  • Sunglasses that carry a CE mark or British Standard BSEN 1836:1997 have UV filters that will protect your eyes.

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

Smoking doubles the risk of AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) which is the main cause of blindness in the EU. So quitting smoking can mean the difference between being able to see and not.

A healthy diet affects your eyes too. Leafy green vegetables help protect your eyes against cataracts and AMD, and anti-oxidant vitamins A, C and E found in oranges, kiwis and tomatoes help to maintain healthy eye cells and tissues.

Diabetes can also cause blindness, so avoiding obesity can help save your sight as well as your weight.

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