Healthy Challenge: Keeping your eyes fit and healthy

Healthy Challenge: Keeping your eyes fit and healthy

Often taken for granted in our fast-paced lives – our eyes are an important part of our body and health.
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It can be easy to neglect your eyes because they rarely hurt when there’s a problem, but taking care of them and protecting your eyesight is an important factor to help you maintain your quality of life.

The leading causes of sight and eye problems are age-related, which is why you should take care of your eyes as you age. Here’s a list of some simple things you can do to help keep your eyes fit and healthy:

Regular eye tests

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Eyes tests are not only about new glasses or a change of prescription – they are important because they can detect health problems and early signs of eye conditions. Optometrists recommend that most people have an eye test every two years.

Don’t smoke

Smoking increases your risk of health conditions affecting the eye, such as cataracts. If you are a smoker, you can visit our support page for tips to help you quit.

Exercise regularly

Exercise not only keeps your body fit; research has shown that it can help reduce the risk of vision loss, which can occur as a result of high blood pressure, diabetes and hardening of the arteries.

Keep a healthy diet

A healthy, balanced diet contributes to your overall health, including your eyes. A variety of fruit and vegetables, rich in Vitamins A and C, can help keep your retina healthy.

Protect your eyes from the sun

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Never look at the sun directly, and wear sunglasses that can help protect your eyes from UV rays. Look for a pair carrying the CE mark, which ensures to offer a safe level of protection.

Give your eyes a rest

Staring at a computer or screen for long periods of time can cause eye strain. The 20-20-20 rule can be helpful: Try to rest your eyes every 20 minutes by focusing on something that is 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. 

Source: Based on information from NHS, National Eye Institute (NEI) and WebMD.

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