A GUIDE TO GOOD EYECARE
Do you know how to best look after your eyes and protect your vision? We’ve put together some easy to follow eye health care tips, so you can go about keeping your eyes healthy all year long!
Healthy body, Healthy eyes
Vision and health go hand in hand, so by keeping your body active and maintaining a healthy weight, you can also ensure your eyes stay healthy.
There are a number of potentially sight threatening eye conditions that you’re more at risk of developing if you’re overweight or obese, such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, so it’s essential to protect your vision as well as your general health by exercising regularly and staying in good shape.
Reach for those sunnies
Do you wear sunglasses on sunny winter days? You may not think the sun makes a difference to your eyes in winter, but it still emits UV rays that can harm your eyes – even on overcast days. We do recommend wearing your sunglasses if you’re out and about on a bright winter’s day to protect your eyes from UV exposure, as well as the drying effects of cold and windy weather.
Keep up good contact lens hygiene
If you wear contact lenses you’ll know how important having good lens hygiene is. Here’s a quick refresher of our most important contact lens hygiene tips:
- always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before touching your lenses to prevent infection
- use contact lens solution as advised by our optometrists – never water or saliva, and make sure that you don’t use lens solution that is past its expiry date
- only wear your lenses for the instructed wear time – g. don’t be tempted to wear daily disposables for more than one day, or wear lenses overnight, unless you have been advised to do so by our optometrists
Take a screen break
How long do you spend looking at a digital device every day? Regardless of screen size, spending too long focusing on can have a detrimental effect on your eyes, causing headaches, blurry vision, and sore eyes. Combat digital eye strain by taking a break from the screen every 20 minutes and focusing on something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
A good night’s sleep
Bags under your eyes aren’t the only sign you’re not getting enough sleep. Tired, dry eyes are another symptom. Sleep is important for your eyes so they can replenish their natural moisture and recover after a hard day’s work and function at their optimum level to protect your vision and eye health.
Regular eye exams
No guide on eyecare is complete without reinforcing the importance of regular eye exams! Our advanced eye exam includes a 4D OCT scan and Optomap scan, which allow our optometrist to capture a clear, highly detailed image of the back of your eye. Comparing these images each time you have an eye exam means we can check for small changes that could be an early indicator of eye disease. These scans also allow us to perform comprehensive eye health checks at a Covid-safe distance.
A recent survey found that one in 5 adults were less likely to go for their eye exam now than before the pandemic. Eye exams are crucial to pick up the early signs of eye disease and keep your vision sharp, and we’ve taken stringent measures to ensure our practice is Covid safe to give you peace of mind that your visit will be safe and stress-free.
Get in touch
We hope these tips are useful, and if your eye exam is due or if you have any concerns about your eye health, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!