An Eye on Your Health
One of my aunts is an Ophthalmologist. We always joke that her mission in life was to get all out the kids in the family wearing glasses. Funily enough… all of us do wear glasses… But Jokes apart, we all grew knowing how important it is to be vigilant about it.
The 16th – 22nd September marked the fourth National Eye Health Week. Organisations, charities and health professionals celebrated it by together and actively supporting the event in order to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining optimal eye health.
There are a number of ways that the whole family can improve and maintain healthy eyes. Some of the most important guidance to follow is outlined below.
Eat well to stay in peak condition eyes need a range of nutrients and vitamins to stay healthy.
Vitamin Adeficiencies can cause glaucoma and other degeneration. Keeping Vitamin A levels up will help to prevent night blindness.
As well as helping the body to absorb Vitamin A effectively, Zinc will also help to prevent against night blindness.
Vitamin C has a wide range of benefits and should be a key feature of any healthy diet. When it comes to caring for your eyes, Vitamin C can help to prevent and alleviate the symptoms of glaucoma. It has also been linked to prevention against cataracts.
For infants, fatty acids such as those found in cold water fish are particularly important for visual development.
Get regular check-ups
A simple sight test can be used to detect the early signs of glaucoma and, if found soon enough, this is treatable. Most people will need a sight test every other year, but those with a family history of eye conditions, those over 40 and people of Asian or Afro-Caribbean origin may need to be tested more regularly.
Exercise can reduce the chances of sight loss from diabetes and high blood pressure. In those over 60, a lack of exercise can be a significant factor in a variety of eye conditions.
Be sun safe
Never look directly at the sun. Protecting the eyes from the harmful rays of the sun is extremely important. Only wear sunglasses with a CE mark on them as this ensures that they have a met the required standards of ultra-violet protection.
And for the adults especially:
Smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts and, after ageing, it is the biggest macular degeneration risk factor.
Cut down on alcohol consumption
Excessive alcohol consumption has been shown to lead to a number of serious health conditions that may have a detrimental impact on eye health.
For more information on maintaining healthy eyes, visit the National Eye Health Week website at: http://www.visionmatters.org.