Prolonging the life of your eyesight is one of the most important things you can do for your body. The older we get our eyes will deteriorate, but there are a few things we can do which will keep your eyes healthy for years to come. Below are 5 are of the most important.

  1. Regular eye tests

It goes without saying that, like the dentist and the doctor, you should visit your optician for a regular eye test. Even if you don’t notice any physical changes it’s vital to make an appointment at least once every two years, if not more the older you get. Eye tests are crucial for spotting diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts, so it’s important we take good care of them.

  1. Quit smoking

Smoking is bad for your health in general, that much is certain. Smokers put themselves at risk of a high number of diseases. When it comes to your eyes smoking increases the risk of contracting cataracts as well as developing the age-related macular degeneration. Quitting is not easy, but the prevention of such eye diseases should be a big motivation.

  1. Maintain a healthy diet

Did your parents ever tell you that eating carrots would make you see in the dark? OK, well that might be a slight exaggeration, but eating a healthy and balanced diet is one of the easiest things we can do. Eating lots of leafy greens including kale, cabbage and fruit all carry the antioxidants needed to protect your eyes. Also, food such as fish which has omega-3 and vitamin A from oranges are highly beneficial.

  1. Clean your eyes

If you wear contact lenses then you need to be extra vigilant when it comes to your eyes. Keeping your lenses and eyes clean will reduce the risk of infection. This means that you should always wash your hands before handling them. When it comes to storing your contact lenses make sure the solution is changed frequently.

  1. Keep them protected

Eye protection comes in many different forms, from swimming goggles to sunglasses. Anything where our eyes might come to harm needs to be taken into consideration. There’s a reason we wear ski goggles out on the snow or when swimming, it’s because our eyes need to be protected. Sunglasses will block out UVA and UVB rays and any flying debris which might come our way. Also there will always be a need for safety glasses, whether you’re working on a DIY project or playing sport.

For a comprehensive and thorough eye test or check up get in touch with Armstrong and North Opticians today.