The new year is a great time to make a fresh start and commit to looking after your health. This is why so many people make New Year’s resolutions, but it doesn’t have to be something specific like ‘going to the gym twice a week’ – it could just be a promise to yourself to look after your eyes and sight. After all, your sight is one of your most important senses, and you might be surprised at how fragile it can be. But with our eye health care tips, you can help your eyes to stay healthy for years to come.
Check your family history
How much do you know about the eye health of your family? With some conditions, such as glaucoma and diabetes, your risk is increased if a close family member has been diagnosed. So have a chat with your family and find out if there’s anything you should be aware of. If there is something that could affect you, it’s a good idea to come to our practice for an eye examination and OCT scan. This will enable us to check closely for any signs and advise if you need more regular check-ups.
Take a break from the screen
So many of us spend hours each day looking at a screen, whether for work or leisure, but lots of people don’t realise how harmful it can be for your eyes. Did you know that when you’re looking at a screen, you blink less often? Dry eye is a common problem for people who work in front of a VDU. Take a visual break every 20 minutes and focus on something in the distance for 20 seconds. It won’t hurt to blink now and again too!
Eat an eye-healthy diet
What you eat is important to your eyes, so make sure you include foods that are rich in nutrients such as zinc, lutein and omega-3 fatty acids. Dark, leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, oily fish, nuts and beans are all good foods to eat.
Of course, regular eye tests are an important part of looking after your sight, so book an appointment at our opticians near Harrow today and start the year off on the right track.