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Keeping your Eyes Healthy

Seeing is an incredibly powerful ability. Most of us rely on it for almost everything we do. Here are some steps you can take to protect your eyes now and in the long term.

Regular Eye Tests
An eye examination is a vital health check. It can discover and help prevent conditions that could harm your vision – or your wellbeing. Quick, simple and painless, regular eye examinations can protect your sight and your health.

Know your Family History
Some eye diseases can be genetic. Common hereditary eye conditions include age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. Early detection is often the key to successful management or treatment, so it is important to know your family’s health history.

Healthy Lifestyle
A healthy diet gives you nutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants to help protect your eyes against harmful UV light and prevent certain eye conditions. Also, exercise helps prevent high blood pressure, which can damage the vision. Together, these two factors can help maintain a healthy body weight and prevent diabetes, which can lead to vision loss in adults.

Digital Adjustment
It is important to protect your eyes against the potentially harmful effects of extended computer, laptop and smartphone use. Adjusting screen brightness, resolution and contrast, taking regular screen breaks and avoiding bright sunlight can help prevent the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome.

UV Protection
UV rays can be as harmful to your eyes as to your skin – and we are exposed to UV light every day, whatever the conditions. For everyday protection, glasses wearers can opt for an anti-UV coating on their lenses.

Diet
A whole host of foods are important for good vision. Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli contain Lutein and zeaxanthin, which help prevent cataracts. Lutein also stimulates the growth of pigments that help block out harmful UV rays.Vitamins C and E and zinc, which reduce the risk of developing a condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Other good sources of antioxidants include egg yolk, yellow peppers, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, carrots, blueberries and goji berries.