29 December 2015
Want brighter, healthier, more comfortable eyes in 2016?
The New Year is a great time to turn over a new leaf and pledge to make positive changes in your life.
And if you suffered with sore, dry or red eyes at any point in 2015 then take a look at our 5 New Year’s resolutions for better eye health and pick out the ones that will help make a happier and healthier you.
Eat a healthier diet
Eating a healthy and balanced diet can have a positive impact on all different areas of your body, including your eyes. The National Eye Institute (NIH) recommends eating more foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, fruit, and leafy greens like spinach and kale to protect your eyes and keep them healthy.
Leafy greens are packed full of antioxidants, whilst fish and nuts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which keep dry eyes feeling comfortable and lubricated.
(Tip: If you’re vegetarian, Flaxseed oil supplements make a great alternative to fish oil supplements) **
Keep up with eye tests
Not wearing the correct prescription can cause eyes to become sore and strained, but this isn’t the only reason why it’s important to have regular eye tests. They can see a lot about your general health when they look at the back of your eye.
Eye test due soon? Make it easier to keep this New Year’s resolution by booking your eye test now!
Wear sunglasses more often
Sunglasses are great fashion accessories, but don’t forget their real purpose! Living in a country with such a cool climate means that many of us often forget to wear sunglasses unless it’s really hot!
UV rays are still present in cool weather though and can cause all kinds of damage to your eyes, even during the winter months and whilst it’s cloudy.
Make sure your sunglasses’ prescription is up to date and remember to wear them whenever it’s bright or sunny outside to start taking better care of your eyes in 2016.
Reduce screen time
With technology developing rapidly there’s a strong chance that we’ll be looking at screens even more in 2016. It’s likely that you’re already spending a large portion of your day using smart phones, tablets, PCs, televisions and laptops, so it’s important to take precautions to protect your eyes when doing so.
Looking at screens for long periods of time can cause eye strain and also significantly reduces the amount you blink, sometimes causing eye fatigue, redness and dryness. Make a conscious effort to blink more frequently whilst looking at a screen to stop your eyes from drying out too much, and remember to take regular breaks. If you spend all day at work looking at a computer try to do something different in the evenings at home.
(Tip: Remember the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look 20 feet away for 20 seconds to give your eye muscles a break.)
Get more quality sleep
The most common eye complaints including eye strain, dryness and eye spasms, can be due to a lack of a good night’s sleep. If you’re feeling tired all the time, resolve to take bedtime more seriously in 2016!
(Tip: Blue light emitted by today’s electronic screens can cause eye strain and sleep disturbance, so if you’re frequently waking up in the night try to avoid looking at screens within 2 hours of bedtime.)
Want to speak to an expert about your eye health? Book a FREE* eye test at your local Tesco Opticians department. *Excludes NHS Customers. See Terms and Conditions.
**Information sourced from http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/why-not-flaxseed-oil