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Your Eyes

Why are regular eye tests important?

It’s easy to neglect your eyes because they rarely hurt when there’s a problem.

Having an eye test won’t just tell you if you need new glasses or a change of prescription, it’s also an important eye health check.

It can spot many general health problems and early signs of eye conditions before you’re aware of any symptoms – many of which can be treated if found early enough.

Therefore, Brosgill Opticians recommends everyone between the age of 16 and 70 to have an eye examination every 2 years and those under 16 and 70+ to have every year.

If you feel your sight has changed, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Other ways you can look after your eyes.

Give up smoking

Smokers are much more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration and cataracts compared to non-smokers. Find out about the help and support available to stop smoking.

Get moving

While it might seem odd that exercise can help the eyes, it can be important. Research shows that exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss, which can occur as a result of high blood pressure, diabetes, and narrowing or hardening of the arteries. See some ideas for getting fit your way.

Eat healthily

A healthy balanced diet, with a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, will benefit your overall health and may help keep the retina healthy. Get tips on healthy eating.

Protect your eyes from the sun

Never look at the sun directly, even when something exciting is happening, such as an eclipse. Doing so can cause irreversible damage to your eyesight and even lead to blindness. Several studies also suggest that sunlight exposure is a risk factor for cataracts.

Wearing a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses can help protect your eyes from UV rays. The College of Optometrists recommends buying good-quality dark sunglasses (these needn’t be expensive).

Look for glasses carrying the CE mark and the British Standard BS EN 1836:2005, which ensures they offer a safe level of ultravioletprotection.

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