- Publish Date
- Thursday, 13 April 2017, 12:06PM
- By Philip Walsh
There are always so many things to keep in mind when trying to keep healthy, but here are a few easy tips on how to keep your eyes working and as healthy as possible, for as long as possible.
- Get your eyes tested once every two years to ensure any issues with your vision are detected early
- Eat a varied diet with plenty of coloured fruit and veggies, the brighter the better. Include fish and nuts to get plenty of Omega 3. Choose carbohydrates with a low GI
- Protect your eyes from the sun and harsh UV rays by wearing sunglasses when outdoors, even on a cloudy day
- Being smoke-free will reduce your chance of developing serious eye conditions, such as cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma
- If you work in an office, focus on something other than your computer screen for a few minutes every once in a while to let your eye muscles relax
- Protect your eyes when playing sport or working on a DIY project. Small sharp objects can easily get into your eyes, so use protection like safety goggles whenever possible
- Do not rub your eye if you get something in it! Your tears will help get rid of the object, so pull the upper eyelid down over the lower lid and blink frequently until you are at ease
- Wear the right prescription lenses or contacts for you. Make sure you get them checked if you think your sight may have deteriorated. Don’t borrow lenses if you lose your glasses; visit your optometrist to get replacements.
- If you notice any changes in your eyesight or something unusual especially if it happens suddenly, take a visit to your optometrist. Most problems are easier to solve if identified early.
- Check your family history – many eye conditions are hereditary. Knowledge of these can help early diagnosis.
For more information about eye care and health, contact your local Specsavers optometrist or visit www.specsavers.co.nz.
Philip is an experienced optometrist with a Bachelor of Optometry from Auckland University. He’s worked in the UK, Zimbabwe and is now the Optometrist Director at the Specsavers New Lynn store in Auckland, one of 52 Specsavers stores across the country.
Improving access for all Kiwis to high-quality eye care and eyewear is Philip’s passion. What he loves about his role at Specsavers is providing all his patients with excellent customer service and professional eye care with the latest technology and knowledgeable well-trained staff.
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