5 ways to keep your vision at its best

31 January
You only get one pair of eyes, so it’s vital that you look after them. At Bayfields we’ll do everything we can to make your vision the very best they can be, but we need your help!

So, here are 5 of our top tips to keep your eyes on tip top form:

Tip 1 - Know your family’s eye health history
When your doctor asks about your family history, it’s to ascertain whether or not you’re more likely to contract or develop certain conditions. It’s the same for optometry, if your parents or grandparents have had conditions such as glaucoma, let us know!
 
If left unchecked, these conditions can do anything from slightly affect your sight, to making you completely blind. But, don’t panic, often, these conditions can be easily managed and have very little impact on your day to day life — the earlier we know of these conditions, the more we can be on the lookout for.
 
Tips 2 - Eat right for your sight
You’ve heard the phrase, “you are what you eat” and it’s true! Every minute of every day the cells in your body are growing up, breaking down, and eventually being replaced by brand new cells. So what are you building your cells with? Eating a balanced diet is important for your overall health and especially for your eyes. If possible, try incorporating some of the following foods into your diet.
 
  • Omega-3 which helps combat dry eyes - Oily fish that are high in Omega-3 e.g. tuna, salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines
  • Vitamin E which helps to protect the eyes from age related damage
  • Nuts and legumes such as: walnuts, cashews, peanuts and lentils.
  • Vitamin C an antioxidant that also helps combat age-related eye health issues
  • Leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale, as well as citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruit are all high in Vitamin C.
  • Vitamin A and Beta Carotene. Vitamin A is vital for your vision, it is a component of a protein called rhodopsin which helps the retina to absorb light. Beta carotene’s exact role in vision is mixed, but the body needs this nutrient in order to be able to make Vitamin A.
  • Carrots and sweet potatoes are both rich in vitamins A, E and beta carotene.
  • Zinc - Beef is rich in zinc which studies have linked to eye health longevity. Chicken breast and pork loin also contain zinc, but at lower levels.
Tip 3 - Quit smoking
If smoking is a part of your day, then you might want to consider the following. Smoking has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration, conditions such as Uveitis and diabetic retinopathy. Smoking can more more than double your chances of developing these conditions, and whilst some are treatable, others are degenerative and once the damage is done it cannot be repaired. It’s never too late, or too soon, to quit smoking, and when you’re ready there’s plenty of help out there.

 
Tip 4 - Invest in UV protection
You already know not to look into the sun, but we’re constantly bombarded with UV rays. There’s no such thing as sunscreen for you eyes, but investing in a high quality UV clear coating on your lenses such as ZEISS … can reduce the UV rays affecting your eyes by up to 100%!

 
Tip 5 - Give your eyes a break
We spend more of our lives looking at screens than ever before, and our eyes need a rest! We’ll talk about how you can protect your eyes from blue light on another day, for now, take a look at the 20/20/20 rule. For every 20 minutes that you spend looking at a screen, spend 20 seconds looking
at something that’s 20 feet away. This gives your eyes time to refocus and relax. So stop reading this and do that now!

 
We’ll be back with another 5 top tips to keep your eyes healthy soon.