16 September 2016
As part of National Eye Health Week we’ve come up with 5 easy lifestyle and eye care changes you can make to take better care of your eyes and look after your sight.
Your eye health is extremely important to us here at Tesco Opticians, that’s why we offer completely free eye tests to everyone, not just those who are already eligible to an NHS funded eye test.
National Eye Health Week (NEHW) is an important awareness week championed by visionmatters.org.uk to promote the importance of eye health and regular eye tests to people all across the UK.
This year we will be promoting the campaign on our website and across our social media platforms to show our support. In this blog we’ve come up with 5 quick and easy lifestyle or eye care changes that you can make straight away to keep your eyes healthy and feeling comfortable.
Have regular eye tests and contact lens checkups.
When you have your eyes tested your optometrist will recommend how frequently you should be having your eyes checked. It’s important to keep up to date with your eye tests and contact lens checkups, not only to make sure that you’re always wearing a prescription and contact lenses that are suitable for you, but also to look out for signs and symptoms of general health conditions and to detect problems with your eyes at an early stage.
Make sure you always have backup glasses.
If you wear contact lenses every day then it’s very important to make sure that you always have a pair of backup glasses to hand. If your eyes are feeling particularly dry, tired or irritated then it’s important to give them a rest by slipping on a pair of glasses for the day or for a few hours to prevent your symptoms from worsening.
It’s a good idea to get into the habit of switching from contact lenses to glasses when you’re sat at home watching TV or using the computer of an evening, just to give your eyes a breather.
Our prescription glasses start from just £15 including single vision lenses and scratch-resistant coating.
Don’t forget your sunglasses.
Sunglasses aren’t just for summer, they’re for every day!
Don’t forget that your eyes need protecting from UV rays all year round, not just during the summer months or whilst you’re away on holiday.
UV rays can reach your eyes at any time when it’s bright outside, even if it’s overcast and cloudy or you’re sat in the shade.
Make sure that you keep a pair of sunglasses in your bag or car so that you can pop them on at any time when you’re out and about.
Eat a balanced diet.
Eating a balanced and healthy diet nourishes your entire body from head to toe, including your eyes. Eating well also helps you to maintain a healthy weight and decreases your risk of health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, all of which can be detected when you have an eye test.
So what do we mean by a balanced diet? A healthy diet should incorporate:
Wholegrain and wholemeal carbohydrates – This includes brown bread, brown rice and wholewheat pasta.
Fruit and vegetables – Aim to eat around 5 portions. Leafy greens like kale, spinach and broccoli, as well as brightly coloured fruit and veg like peppers, carrots and oranges are particularly good for eye health as they’re full of antioxidants.
Protein – Meat, fish, eggs, dairy, tofu, soya, beans, nuts and seeds are all great sources of protein. Lean meats like skinless chicken are better for your health as they contain less fat and dairy should also be eaten in moderation as it can be high in both fat and cholesterol.
Fats – Fat is an important part of your diet, but it’s important to know your good fats from your bad fats. Eating too much saturated fat (‘bad’ fat) can be bad for your health, whereas unsaturated fats (‘good’ fat) can actually help to lower your cholesterol. Saturated fats can be found in foods like cheese, butter and biscuits, whereas unsaturated fats are found in foods like oily fish, nuts, olive oil and avocadoes.
Practice better contact lens care.
If you regularly wear contact lenses then it’s easy to fall into relaxed routines and habits with your lenses and perhaps stop being quite as cautious as you once were!
Following the correct contact lens routine is essential for healthy and comfortable eyes, so be extra careful that you always remember to:
- Wash hands thoroughly before touching your eyes or contact lenses.
- Store and rinse your contact lenses and the case in the correct solution, never use tap water.
- Only wear contact lenses for the recommended time frame before throwing away and replacing with a fresh pair.
Find out more about National Eye Health Week and what you can do to get involved here