Caring for your sight needn’t have to start after a serious wakeup call, a diagnosis or once it begins to noticeably deteriorate. Through following these simple lifestyle changes, there is a better chance that future issues may be avoided and your vision protected. Incorporating these simple approaches into your lifestyle could make a positive difference.
‘You Are What You Eat’: The age old saying couldn’t be more true for the protection of your eye sight. Special nutrients such as omega 3, vitamin C & E and lutein could help to keep age related vision problems at bay especially conditions such as Macular Degeneration and dry eye related effects. Through a healthy, balanced diet, we could lessen our chance of Type II diabetes developing. This can directly help lower the opportunity for Diabetic Eye Disease to occur. However it’s interesting to note that diabetes can cause vision to deteriorate even without the development of retinopathy, as the rapid increases of blood sugar levels can affect the shape of your lens, resulting in blurred vision that ceases when sugar levels stabilise. Cutting down on high-sugar drinks, eating leafy vegetables (spinach and kale), oily fish, non- meat protein sources (eggs and nuts) and citrus fruits can all provide a natural source of eye-friendly nutrients. Smoking is directly linked to AMD and research shows that current or previous smokers have a significantly increased likelihood of developing AMD (up-to four times natural risk) than those who have never smoked.
Know Your Heritage: Research has proven that eye disease can be related to your family history and therefore it is wise to know your family’s health history to assess whether you are at an increased level of risk. Age related eye conditions, such as AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration) and glaucoma are set to dramatically increase over the next 10 years. By knowing about the frequency of eye diseases in your family tree you may be able to further identify future eye problems for yourself and thus take appropriate steps that could prevent or limit their development.
Early Diagnosis Equals Early Treatment: Highlighting a vision disease early can be the difference between retaining and losing your sight. Degenerative diseases such as AMD or Diabetic Eye Disease (Diabetic Retinopathy) are much more successfully treated when recognised at an early stage than when identified late. Catch it early!
Rest Your Eyes: A modern paced life can leave your eyes feeling strained and “over exposed” after a long day at work or long periods of time using a computer. The 20-20-20 rule works on the premise that you should look away from your computer screen every 20 minutes, at an object 20 metres away for at least 20 seconds. This should help to stem certain side effects from computer use over a long period of time, including eye strain, blurry vision and resulting headaches. Additional strategies include using an anti-glare screen protection, ensuring your glasses and lens prescriptions are up to date and considering wider ergonomics such as the positioning the computer monitor level with your eyes. Often simply blinking more can be a suitable short term solution. If symptoms persist, it is best to seek consultation.
A Regular Eye Exam Shouldn’t Be Intimidating: Often painless and always reassuring, developing a personal relationship with your ophthalmologist is vital to gain a customised care plan. Rather than swapping and changing the consultant that manages your treatment, at Bettersight we guarantee consistency so your care is our consultant’s priority. It’s how we exceed your expectations.