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Top Tips for caring for your eyes

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Talk to your family members about their eye health history as some eye conditions have genetic links which increase your risk of developing them

Regular eye tests

Visit your optician at least every 2 years and they will be able to check the health of your eyes and identify any condition early

Wear sunglasses

Protect your eyes when it is sunny or near snow or water.  Choose sunglasses that include the CE, UV 400 or British Standard marks – these provide protection from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays.  Don’t look directly at the sun.  Ultraviolet light from the sun is powerful and can damage your eyes.

Quit smoking

Smoking is harmful to your eyes and can increase the risk of sight loss. Smokers are 2-4 times more at risk of developing macular degeneration than people who have never smoked.

Eat well

Make sure your diet includes nutrients such as Omega 3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamins C and E.  These may help to slow progress of age-related vision problems.

Keep fit and healthy

Being fit and well can help your eyes stay healthy by maintaining a healthy wight and blood pressure may help with eye health.

Protect your eyes

Always wear safety glasses or protective goggles to protect your eyes if you work with hazardous or airborne materials or doing DIY, gardening or setting off fireworks.  Protect your eyes when playing sports involving flying balls.

We’re here to help

If you or some you know is struggling with an eye condition, please contact the BucksVision Office, where the experienced and caring team can provide the help and support.

Additional information

The RNIB have an excellent site which details lots of eye conditions to help you understand what they are, how they can be treated and where you can seek further help and support.

Eye Health Week runs from 20 to 26 September this year, check out our social media and website for more tips and information about eye health!