Focusing On Your Eye Health

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It’s National Eye Health Week, so we’re bringing you our top tips to help you look after this vital organ.

Regular Check-ups

Don’t kid yourself you can get by with reading spectacles from the local filling station.

A proper eye check is the only way to detect early signs of a condition called glaucoma. This condition is the biggest avoidable cause of sight loss in the UK.

The NHS recommends you get your eyes tested at least every two years, or more frequently if your optometrist recommends it.

Daily Exercises

Natural health specialists claim you might be able to preserve your vision for longer if you perform regular daily eye exercises.

Try rolling your eyes from side to side and rapidly switching focus from near to far to exercise the eye muscles.

This is a great exercise for computer users to prevent eye strain, too.

Family History

Many eye diseases tend to cluster in families, so it’s vital to know your family history.

At the next get-together, ask about glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

They’re more easily treated if caught early, and you may need more regular eye tests.

Something Fishy

Omega-3 fatty acids (found in salmon, mackerel and herring) are great for eye health, and studies suggest good amounts of omega-3 can boost the quality of your tear film.

This can help reduce inflammation associated with middle-aged dry eyes.

Soothe Tired Eyes

You can ease the irritation of tired, dry eyes by using a warm compress. This will soften the natural oils and help them lubricate your eyes.

Try soaking a clean cloth in warm, previously boiled water, and place it over your eyes for 15 minutes.

It’s also the perfect way to unwind after a stressful day!

Damaging Rays

If you’re thinking of having a sunny holiday soon, then consider updating your sunglasses.

The sun’s rays can damage the lenses of your sunglasses over time. They will gradually allow more UV light through, and provide less protection for your eyes.

Prolonged UV exposure can also damage the part of the retina responsible for the majority of vision, so buy new sunglasses every two years.

For more general health and wellness tips, click here.

Yvonne McKenzie

Yvonne works on the Features team and admits to being nosy, so loves looking after the Between Friends letters and finding out all about our lovely readers. She also looks after our health copy and enjoys writing about inspiring people that help make the articles in the magazine so interesting.