Top tips for excellent eye health

When you think about it, our eyes go through a lot every single day – concentrating, reading, driving and looking at screens throughout the day puts our eyes through a lot of hard work. Sometimes at the end of a long day, our eyes can be left feeling tired, uncomfortable or irritated, so they need to be properly looked after in order to maintain optimum eye health and vision. Here are some very simple tips that will help to keep your eyes bright, healthy and looking and feeling in great condition.

  • Make sure you get plenty of sleep every night to regenerate and revitalise your eyes.
  • Go for regular eye exams, as this is the most effective way to detect visual problems and prevent ocular conditions. Not only that but it’s the best way to know if you need to be wearing glasses. It may seem like an obvious tip, but around 85% of people value their sight as their most prized sense, yet only half of these have regular eye tests.
  • Drink lots of water throughout the day to keep your eyes hydrated and prevent them from feeling dry.
  • A healthy, balanced diet is not only good for your body, but will help to maintain our eye health. We’ve all heard the myth about eating carrots to help you see in the dark, but their high vitamin A content will actually look after your vision!
  • If you wear contact lenses, make sure you clean and rinse them thoroughly, following the advice from your optician.
  • Wearing sunglasses is a must for looking after your eyes, as UVA and UVB rays can damage our eyes just like it damages our skin. Sunglasses will not only prevent sun damage like cataracts and cornea burns, but will prevent your eyes from feeling hot, dry and irritated in the sun.
  • Take regular breaks from looking at your computer screen to avoid your eyes from feeling strained and tired, as this can lead to headaches and uncomfortable eyes. Also, reduce brightness on your screen and avoid glare that can dry out your eyes.
  • Throw out old eye makeup and use fresh cosmetics every 3 months to avoid infections.
  • Turn your central heating down a little throughout the winter months, as indoor heating can leave your eyes feeling severely dry.
  • When going swimming, make sure to wear goggles in order to avoid chlorine irritation.