It’s that time of year when the nights are dark and the days are wet. The only thing that helps you through are the thoughts of endless mugs of freshly made hot chocolate with little marshmallows floating in them, led on the sofa,  whilst wrapped in a blanket staring longingly at the April page of the calendar.  But it needn’t be so, there’s no need to hunker down and hope it all goes away. It is just as important to take care of yourself throughout the winter months as well as during the good times. So, with the New Year upon us and the inevitable “I promise not to eat cheesecake” list heading for the underside of the magnet on the fridge door, let’s try something that won’t break the spirit and will be of long-term benefit to your general wellbeing. That’s right, you may have guessed it, eye health tips coming your way! Obviously. Here are a 5 things you can do today………

 

  1. Eat Right – Food affects your health which includes that of your eyes. It turns out that the folk tales have some truth to them and we should in fact get eating those carrots. Other orange fruits and vegetables are beneficial too as they contain Vitamin A which is great for maintaining eye health. On top of that make sure you eat your leafy greens; kale and spinach to name a few helps lower the risk of changes in the eyes, such as age related macular degeneration (AMD).
  1. Take a Break – The modern world places so much dependence on blue light electrical devices, it’s important to take regular breaks. Unfortunately, this isn’t an excuse for a chance to put your feet up and enjoy a cup of tea every hour during the working day. What it is, is advice to be conscious of the time you are spending in front of a screen. Every 20 minutes or so try to look away from your screen and focus on an object about in the middle distance. It is advisable to regularly check the brightness of your screen to reduce glare. If you wish to have something more concrete to help your workplace eye health, ask your optometrist about filters that can be applied to your lenses too.
  1. Protect those Peepers – Remember guys. The sun is not your friend, it is a large nuclear fusion reactor in the sky, remember this. Sunglasses are there to help. They are designed with the sun’s cruelty in mind. They filter the harmful uv rays coming which damage your skin and your even more sensitive eyes.
  1. Quit the tobacco – Eye health isn’t the normal pivot point for trying to turn a smoker away from their habit, but it is one worth considering. Smoking, amongst a lot of other things accelerates the formation of cataracts, increases the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes as well as increasing the risk of macular degeneration later in life. Kicking that habit can really save your eyes (not to mention your life).
  1. Book your next eye exam – Getting your eyes tested regularly (every 1-2 years) can help in detecting any eye conditions quickly. This is important for all ages. Don’t assume a youngster’s eye condition will clear up as they develop. It is recommended that children be taken for their first eye exam at about 6 months old so that any vision problems can be detected as early as possible.