National Eye Health Week, 19-25 September, aims to raise awareness of looking after your eyes. At Moorfields, we believe that people’s sight matters, and this week is an opportunity for us to reinforce the importance of regular eye tests, and to share tips on how to take care of your eye health.
Eye care tips
More than two million people in the UK are living with ‘avoidable sight loss’ – but there are some simple things you can do now to help take care of your eyes.
If you've been prescribed eye drops for your condition, remember to follow instructions on how and when to administer them. Aiming eye drops at the correct angle or squeezing plastic containers can be difficult. Our short video below explains how best to put in your eye drops.
Contact lens care
Remove your contact lenses before having a wash or showering to reduce your risk of eye infection. It's also important to buy your contact lenses from an approved, registered practitioner. Buying lenses, dailies or cosmetic, off the internet can put your eyes at risk.
Carrots are good for your eyes
Eating a healthy, balanced diet and drinking a moderate amount of alcohol can reduce your risk of developing common eye conditions. Eye friendly nutrients are found in many fruits and vegetables, including carrots!
Stub it out
Smoking causes damage to the eyes, which can be prevented. If you quit smoking, your risk of developing eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration begins to decline.
Take regular breaks from screens to help prevent eye strain and dry eyes. Prolonged use can lead to blurred vision, eye fatigue, dry eyes and headaches. Set up your screen in the correct position, and take regular breaks.
Have regular sight tests and keep up with your eye care appointments. It is recommended that you have an eye examination once every two years. This will identify any problems with your vision and can prevent further sight loss. Did you know children aged under 16 qualify for a free NHS-funded eye test? Find out if you are eligible for a free sight test using the NHS link below.
Chat to our volunteers
You can chat to our volunteers at Moorfields sites about how to take care of your eyes. They will be handing out information this week to support patients with their eye health. If you have any questions, just ask.
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