How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy In the New Year

This year, perhaps more than most, we’re all hoping for a year of good, overall health, but often, we tend to forget that this includes our eyes too.

Take a look at our top 5 eye health tips below:

Tip #1 Embrace an Eye-Friendly Diet

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Eating a healthy, balanced diet is great for your general health, but there are specific nutrients that are especially good for your eyes. They include:

  • lutein and zeaxanthin found in dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, as well as broccoli, eggs, kiwis and grapes
  • omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish, such as mackerel
  • vitamin A found in cheese, eggs and salmon
  • vitamin C found in peppers, oranges and strawberries

If you’re spending more time at home, why not experiment with some new recipes featuring these eye-friendly foods?

Tip #2 Keep Fit

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Regular daily exercise both reduces your intraocular pressure and improves your blood circulation. This is beneficial for your eyes, allowing them to maintain the flow of blood to the optic nerve and retina, keep the retinal cells protected, and be shielded from the negative effects of high blood pressure.

Tip #3 Stay Up To Date with Your Eye Exams

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While there is plenty you can do yourself to promote good vision and eye health, attending routine eye exams as advised by your optometrist remain absolutely essential.

They do more than simply check if you need vision correction; they also play a key role in detecting the early signs of eye diseases years before you might notice any effects on your vision. These include sight threatening conditions such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), as well as diabetes.

Tip #4 Know Your Family History

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Certain eye diseases can run in families, such as glaucoma and AMD. Knowing your family medical history and informing your optometrist about it can help them recommend specific tests which enable them to closely monitor your eye health so diseases can be caught early, or progression slowed down as much as possible. This may include advanced retinal scans, such as 3D OCT scanning and Optomap ultra widefield scanning.

Tip #5 Wear Your Prescribed Glasses Or Contacts

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If you need vision correction, it’s essential that you wear the glasses or contact lenses prescribed by your optometrist as advised to help avoid eye strain, and also to protect yourself and others if you require them for tasks such as driving.

Our priority is always to help you keep your eyes healthy, so feel free to contact Jarvis Optometrist in Dundee, to book your next eye exam or discuss any eye problems with us, and make your vision a priority in 2021.