Caring For Your Eyes
There are a number of things you can do to look after your eyes. These include:
- Have regular eye tests with your Medispecs optometrist. Prevention and early detection can often lead to the best forms of protection and treatment.
- Wear sunglasses all the time when you are outdoors. Even on overcast days, UV radiation penetrates clouds and is what causes most damage. UV radiation has been shown to be linked with skin cancers, cataracts and growths on the eye. Even a short overexposure to excessive UV can injure the eye and produce a ’sunburn’ like irritation called UV keratitis. This is the irritation or grittiness you get in your eye when you have been on the beach, in the boat or on the snow for too long.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet with plenty of water. It has been shown that a diet high in anti-oxidants and omega oils is beneficial in reducing the incidence of dry eyes and macular degeneration in older people. The evidence for this comes from a long term US clinical trial called the age-related eye disease study (AREDS).
- Do not spend excessive periods of time using your eyes for specific non-varied work without a break. For example, when using your computer take a break every 45 – 60 minutes and go for a walk or look up at something in the distance for a few minutes. Most office workers spend all day looking at a computer screen. It is important to make sure light sources are not in your direct line of sight or reflecting off your computer screens. If your eyes get sore and red by the end of the day, have an eye test to rule out any serious reasons for eye strain.
- Wear eye protection when working in certain dangerous environments that could lead to eye injuries: ie metal work, grinding, chemicals.
- Wear eye protection when playing specific sports that may cause eye injuries: eg. squash.