National Eye Health Week was established to encourage people to take better care of their eyes and have regular sight tests. Sight tests are essential for maintaining healthy eyes but there are other things you can do to look after your eyes.

Diet
Studies show that what we eat can affect our vision. Foods recommended for eye health include:

  • •Broad leaf greens such as kale and spinach
  • •Brightly coloured fruit and veg such as corn, carrots, orange sweet peppers and oranges
  • •Oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel
  • •Broccoli
  • •Eggs

Exercise and eyesight
Lack of exercise contributes significantly to several eye conditions, particularly amongst people aged 60 and over. Exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss from narrowing or hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Alcohol
Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to serious health conditions which can have a detrimental effect on your eye health.

Smoking
After ageing, smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing macular degeneration. Smoking also increases your risk of developing cataracts.

The sun
Protecting your eyes from the sun is very important and should not be underestimated. Under no circumstances should you ever look at the sun directly. Your sunglasses should have the CE mark on them which ensures that they are giving you the right level of ultraviolet protection

(Based on information from www.visionmatters.org.uk)