Thursday 8 October 2020 is World Sight Day, which falls within Eye Care Awareness Month that ends on 18 October. These dates that pay tribute to an important aspect of our lives, prompt us to encourage you to treat your eyes with gratitude. Regular visits to your optometrist are crucial for your eye health, so check now whether an appointment is due. Remember early detection can prevent severe conditions developing
Essential influences on eye health to consider, include:
- a healthy diet
- wearing good sunglasses – even on a cloudy day – helps prevent the risk of the sun’s ultraviolet rays causing cataracts and macular degeneration.
- limiting screen time
- stopping the smoking habit because smoke – including second-hand smoke – has a negative effect on your health and the wellbeing of those around you (read children) which, in turn affects the eyes; it aggravates dry eyes; and is linked to diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration
- how to beat the fog when wearing glasses and a mask
- wearing protective eyewear to shield the eyes from hazards in the workplace and on the sports field.
- checking with your optometrist which visual changes are normal – and which aren’t.
- keep chronic medication under control – diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular conditions, and certain autoimmune conditions have a direct impact on the health of your eyes.
It is important to replace cosmetics and eye makeup regularly because they can cause eye infections, as well as allergies, which have been known to develop over time. Never share makeup and always remove it thoroughly before sleeping.
When travelling – now that being ‘on the move’ is permitted – remember your sunglasses and, if you are going for a lengthy period, it’s wise to take your prescription in case you break or mislay your eye wear. Artificial tears or eye drops, recommended by your optometrist, will help alleviate dry eyes, which often accompanies travel – especially when flying.
It’s important to emphasise that children’s eyes also need constant consideration – children, generally, are unaware that they may have visual problems, so it is up to you to be vigilant.
We offer a safe, welcoming environment, follow all the Covid-19 health protocols – and implore you to follow good eye-care practices.