National Eye Health Week
This week is National Eye Health Week. Here at Sussex Premier Health we are helping to raise awareness of why it is so important to get your eyes tested regularly.
#NationalEyeHealthWeek has a different focus each year, which aims to provide information and advice on eye health. This year, the focus is around eye health and the importance of getting your eyes tested regularly.
Our team of Ophthalmologists at Sussex Premier Health treat a wide range of ‘eye health’ concerns and this week are sharing their advice on why it is so important to get your eyes tested regularly.
Our Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mr Shahram Kashani says ” There are time critical conditions which can affect our vision without us being aware such as glaucoma, cataract or early macular degeneration. You can have the health of your eyes checked by visiting your local optometrist or an eye surgeon regularly. These specialists can detect disease in early stages using advanced technology and help prevent the condition affecting your vision, at times irreversibly. Don’t ignore your eyes, vision matters”.
What else can you do to keep your eyes healthy?
Eating healthy can have a positive impact on your eye health. Antioxidants can help to prevent retinal damage. One anti-oxidant which is hugely beneficial is lutein.
Foods recommended for eye health include:
- Broad leaf greens such as kale and spinach
- Brightly coloured fruit and veg such as corn, carrots, orange sweet peppers and oranges
- Oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel
Lack of exercise contributes significantly to several eye conditions, particularly amongst people aged 60 and over. Exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss from narrowing or hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to serious health conditions which can have a detrimental effect on your eye health.
After ageing, smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing macular degeneration.
Smoking also increases your risk of developing cataracts.
Protecting your eyes from the sun is very important and should not be underestimated. Under no circumstances should you ever look at the sun directly. Your sunglasses should have the CE mark on them which ensures that they are giving you the right level of ultraviolet protection
If you would like more information about how to keep your eyes healthy please do get in touch here.