When it comes to the health of your eyes, there’s only one thing you need to do – book an eye health check routinely once every two years.

Depending on your age and situation, your optometrist may recommend that you have annual check-ups, however for most people, one simple check every two years will ensure your eyes are nice and healthy.

Here are some other simple tips for keeping your eyes healthy:

Lifestyle

A healthy diet is one way to keep your eyes healthy. Fruits, vegetables and foods that are high in omega, like fish, are the best. The old tale that carrots are good for your eyes has some merit, but for the best results chow down on anything green and leafy. And if you’re a smoker you could be damaging more than just your lungs. Smoking has been proven to have a direct link to eye damage.

At Work

You should be able to work hard without overworking your eyes.

The first and easiest step you can take is to make sure your screen is around 50cm away from your face and positioned just below eye level. If that’s not how you’re working or reading this right now, then change the position of your screen.

Another important thing to remember is to give your eyes a break every now and then. We recommend the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look at something 20 metres away for 20 seconds.

At Home

Low light in your home or workspace is the most common cause of strained eyes. Try to use natural light as much as possible and light your home well, particularly when reading.

If you are diagnosed with an eye condition

If you have an eye condition, managing this can be simple and pain-free also. If used correctly, daily prescription eye drops can stop a sight-threatening eye condition called glaucoma from getting worse. Sight loss due to diabetic retinopathy can also be stopped if blood sugar levels are controlled. If an eye condition is detected, referred and then diagnosed, you will receive professional advice from a specialist on how to best manage your condition.

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