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Your Health & Fitness | Eye Health


HEALTHY LIVING, HEALTHY EYES The best thing you can


do for your eyes is to take some simple steps to keep them healthy. Foods rich in lutein, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids are all linked to better eye health, so a balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables is essential. Wearing sunglasses that block UV rays will lower your risk of cataracts or eye tumours by limiting damage caused to the retina, while quitting smoking will reduce your chances of developing macular degeneration. Taking regular screen


breaks at work and limiting activities which require


long periods of intense eye focus will help you guard against eye fatigue, which can


cause painful dry eyes.


Don’t turn a blind eye to vision problems— taking steps to protect your eyes could save your sight in the future.


Eyes in Focus C


lear eyesight is something that most of us take for granted. It is only when we start to experience


discomfort or problems with our vision that many of us will seek medical care, but often this is too late. How often you need to visit your optician for an eye test will vary depending on your age, family medical history and individual eye health, but regular checks (every one to three years) can prevent new issues from arising and allow you to receive treatment before permanent damage is done.


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Conditions to Look Out For There are a number of conditions


that can be identifi ed by an eye test, and early diagnosis is often the key to saving your eyesight.  Glaucoma: One of the most common eye diseases, glaucoma causes high fl uid pressure in the eyes, damaging the optic nerve and leading to irreversible visual impairment if left untreated. Early treatment with eye drops, laser treatment or surgery will control the condition and minimise any further sight loss.  Diabetic Retinopathy: It is 


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