This section will teach you how to look after your eyes and preserve your sight as best you can, with handy tips scientifically proven to reduce the risk of sight loss. Looking after your eyes is as important as any other part of your body. Our sight is a priceless tool. However, many of us neglect this vital sense until it is too late.
Having an eye examination at least once every two years should be part of everyone’s health care routine. Many causes of sight loss are preventable if they are caught early by visiting an optometrist.
However, if you have a diagnosed eye condition it would be wise to have a sight test every twelve months. This also applies if you have diabetes, you should be invited for annual screening by the health service as it is very important that your vision is monitored.
Anyone with a family history of glaucoma over the age of 40 should have annual checks which most importantly includes a test for the pressure in the eye. As glaucoma classically affects the field vision first, major irreparable damage can be done before someone notices.
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While there is no fail-safe method to prevent eye conditions developing, there are certain lifestyle choices you can make to improve your chances of retaining your sight.
Smoking has been proven to increase the chances of age-related macular degeneration, which is the most common cause of sight loss. It has also been linked to an increased likelihood of cataracts.
Alcohol in large quantities may increase the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. “Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.” – from the NHS Website
UV rays damage your eyes. On sunny days always wear your sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat. Never look at the sun directly. Make sure you buy good quality dark sunglasses that carry the CE mark or British Standard. This will ensure they offer a safe level of UV protection.