Top tips to look after your sight

Post on 11th May 2016

In an age of information overload we all have to sift out what’s relevant and what’s not.

At Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care we believe advice on how to look after your sight is important and worth more than a cursory glance. But we’ll keep it brief and simply recommend that you take the messages on board.

Regular eye tests

Optometrists recommend that most people should get their eyes tested every two years. Sight tests can pick up early signs of eye conditions before you are aware of any symptoms and many of these can be treated if found early enough. It is particularly important if you are over 50 (most eye disease is age-related), wear glasses or contact lenses, have a family history of glaucoma or are diabetic.

Be sun smart

We may not get Mediterranean summers but even UK sunlight is strong. Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV light is advised as this has been linked to the development of cataracts and macular degeneration.

Keep ‘em clean

Good hygiene helps prevent infection and this certainly applies to your eyes so wash your hands regularly before handling contact lenses or touching your eyes. And however tired before bedtime, please remove your make-up to reduce the possibility of eye irritation, allergic reactions and infections.

Give your eyes a break

Technology has transformed our lives, but spending too much time looking at screens on computers, smart phones and tablets puts a strain on our eyes so please take regular screen breaks.

Life through a lens

If you are a contact lens wearer, care for them correctly as advised by your optician and always remove them at night.

Quit smoking

Smoking is believed to be one of the main causes of eye health problems, posing risks in causing circulatory blockages, macular degeneration, severe loss of vision and diabetic eye disease.

And finally eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water during the day, it’s good for your general well-being and your eyes.

If you have any concerns about your eyes, call in at one of our branches. Visit our home page to find your nearest one.