Looking After Your Eyes
Top Tips For Looking After Your Eyes
We only get one pair of eyes and they work extremely hard for you during your life. With sight loss
being the one sense that many fear about losing, it is vital that you look after your eyes in every way
possible. Jason Searle, our new optometrist, looks at some of the ways you can do this.
Regular Eye Examinations
Having an eye test isn’t merely just to see if you need glasses, but now considered as an important
health examination that looks at both the health of your eye, as well as your general health. It is
recommended that you have your eyes tested at least once every 2 years, although in some cases,
more regular check-ups are advised. You may even be entitled to an NHS funded test, so call our
Chippenham Opticians on 01249 653292 to find out more.
Smoking has been proven to cause sight loss in multiple ways. Smoking greatly accelerates the
progression of cataracts and puts your retina under great strain, leading to an increased risk of
macular degeneration (a severe form of sight loss). You are also much more likely to have a contact
lens problem if you smoke, which again may lead to a painful and sight threatening condition.
The sun is a big source of ultraviolet (UV) light. We all think of sun cream to protect our skin but
how do you protect your eyes? (We really DON’T advise using sun cream in your eyes!!). UV
causes changes to the conjunctiva, the cornea and the crystalline lens, leading to raised yellow
regions around the white of the eye and also speeding up the development of cataracts. UV can also
lead to skin cancers, so we advise use of suncream on the face and around the eyelids (just don’t get
it in your eyes!)
Jason, and the other optometrists here at Brignall Opticians in Chippenham, recommend the use of
UV protective sunglasses, that block at least 99% of UVA and UVB radiation. If you use contact
lenses, discuss with our optometrists ones that have a UV block to them.
The right diet is key when looking after your eye health. A diet that is rich in fruit, vegetables and
protein can really make a difference in regulating your eye health. A diet rich in dark green leafy
vegetables (such as kale and spinach) helps keep the retina healthy, with flaxseed oil and omega
essential fatty-acids helping regulate a healthy tear film, reducing the feeling of a dry eye.
Make sure to consider your eye health when doing DIY or any other hazardous tasks. Safety lenses
and frames can make a difference to being able to see your finished creation and a trip to Accident
& Emergency. Additionally, if you play a projectile sport, such as squash, really consider safety
goggles. The damage that a squash ball can do to your eye is not pleasant to think about. Get some
goggles and protect those eyes!
The above list is just a selection of general tips on how to look after your eyes. If you wish to find
out more, book an appointment with Jason, Ewen, Keith or Claire in our Chippenham Opticians on
01249 653292 today.