National Eye Health Week
This year’s National Eye Health Week will take place from 23 to 29 September 2019, promoting the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all.
Your sight really matters. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know how to look after our eyes – EYECAN is committed to help change that.
As part of National Eye Health Week we have 5 top tips to keep your eyes healthy.
Have your eyes checked every 2 years.
Your optician could pick up early warning signs of eye conditions even if you haven’t noticed any change to your sight. Early detection could prevent serious damage to your vision.
Follow a health lifestyle for healthy eyes:
- Don’t smoke;
- Take some form of regular exercise;
- Eat a diet low in saturated fats and rich in leafy green vegetables;
- Maintain a healthy weight.
Take regular breaks from your screen.
Ensure that every 20 minutes you look at an object 20 metres away for 20 seconds.
Protect your eyes from harmful ultra-violet rays by wearing sunglasses outside.
Wear safety goggles to guard against injury when working with tools or participating in active sports.
The Top 5 Foods For Eye Health
Oily fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. This helps protect against dry eye syndrome, macular degeneration and cataracts.
FRUIT & VEGGIES
Colourful fruit and veg are rich in antioxidants and help protect against eye disease.
NUTS & SEEDS
Filled with vitamin E which may help protect against macular degeneration.
Eggs are high in lutein. This can help fight macular degeneration.
Contain carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin which promote a healthy retina.
You can download our leaflet on healthy eyes by clicking here
More information about Eye Health Awareness Week can be found at Vision Matter’s website by visiting http://www.visionmatters.org.uk/
Did you know?
- 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss, that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives. Half of this sight loss is avoidable.*
- A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found soon enough
- During a sight test, other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure may be detected.
- For healthy eyes, eat well, don’t smoke and wear eye protection in bright sunlight.
* Future Sight Loss UK (1): The economic impact of partial sight and blindness in the UK adult population, Access Economics PTY Ltd, June 2009