Frequently asked questions

What is Glaucoma?

What are cataracts?

My eyes are often uncomfortable or sore. How can I tell if I have Dry Eye Syndrome?

How can I make my dry eyes more comfortable?

What is Age-related Macular degeneration?

What is the treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration?

Are eye vitamins of any use?

Besides macular degeneration, what will the OCT be able to detect?

I am 75 years old – can I wear contact lenses?

Tell me more about contact lenses

I use computers more these days. What is your best advice for my vision?

Can you give me any tips on how to look after my eyes?

Answer:

The week beginning 22nd-28th September 2014 is National Eye Health Week and has been established to communicate the importance of good eye health under the banner, ‘Vision Matters’. It encourages people from every walk of life to take better care of their eyes and have regular sight tests. This is one of the three priority outcomes of the UK Vision Strategy launched in 2008 by Vision 2020UK. Regular sight tests and OCT eye scans are essential for maintaining healthy eyes but there are other things you can do to look after your eyes.

 

Diet

Studies show that what we eat can affect our vision. Antioxidants can help to prevent retinal damage. One anti-oxidant which is hugely beneficial is lutein. An OCT eye scan can look for subtle retinal changes that are caused by oxidative stress, much of which can be minimised with proper diet.
Foods recommended for eye health include:
•    Broad leaf greens such as kale and spinach
•    Brightly coloured fruit and veg such as corn, carrots, orange sweet peppers and oranges
•    Oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel
•    Broccoli
•    Eggs
A Feast for Your Eyes (look after your eyes)

Exercise and eyesight

Lack of exercise contributes significantly to several eye conditions, particularly amongst people aged 60 and over. Exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss from narrowing or hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Find out more about exercise and eyesight (Royal College of Ophthalmologists PDF)

Alcohol

Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to serious health conditions which can have a detrimental effect on your eye health.
Find out more about alcohol and the eye (Royal College of Ophthalmologists PDF)

Smoking

After ageing, smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing macular degeneration.
Smoking also increases your risk of developing cataract
Find out more about smoking and your eyes (NHS Choices)

The sun

Protecting your eyes from the sun is very important and should not be underestimated. Under no circumstances should you ever look at the sun directly. Your sunglasses should have the CE mark on them which ensures that they are giving you the right level of ultraviolet protection
Find out more about sun and the eyes

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