Eye Tests

85% of people admit to having problems with their vision, yet 37% of people put off having an eye test because of worries about money

Hobbies and Interests

46% of blind and partially sighted people have given up hobbies and interests because of their sight loss

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Eye Health

Regular sight tests are essential for maintaining healthy eyes but there are other things you can do to look after your eyes...

Diet

Studies show that what we eat can affect our vision. Antioxidants can help to prevent retinal damage. One anti-oxidant which is hugely beneficial is lutein.

Foods recommended for eye health include:

  • Broad leaf greens such as kale and spinach
  • Brightly coloured fruit and vegetables such as corn, carrots, orange sweet peppers and oranges
  • Oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel
  • Broccoli
  • Eggs
  • Exercise and daylight

                                                                                                                                                                      Lack of exercise contributes significantly to several eye conditions, particularly amongst people aged 60 and over. Exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss from narrowing or hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Alcohol

Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to serious health conditions which can have a detrimental effect on your eye health.

Smoking

After ageing, smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing macular degeneration.
Smoking also increases your risk of developing cataract

The sun

Protecting your eyes from the sun is very important and should not be underestimated. Under no circumstances should you ever look at the sun directly. Your sunglasses should have the CE mark on them which ensures that they are giving you the right level of ultraviolet protection

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