Every 6 minutes someone is told they are going blind, from some of the most common eye diseases in the UK; age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and cataracts. However, it is said that up to half of sight loss is avoidable by looking after your eyes effectively.
If you hurt your arm, you will likely see a bruise or feel pain; this often isn’t the case with your eyes. You may not notice any symptoms at first if or when something is wrong with your eyes or vision, so it’s important to follow the right advice to prolong healthy vision.
Light plays an essential role in your everyday life
It is fundamental for your vision, it helps you perceive the surrounding world: shapes, detail, colours and your overall well-being regulation of the sleep/wake cycles, mood, cognitive performances, etc. But light can also be the cause of premature eye ageing.
UV rays are dangerous to your eyes like they are to your skin. They accumulate over a lifetime, accelerating eye ageing and the development of cataracts. Harmful Blue-Violet light is one of the factors recently identified which can cause damage to retinal cells.
How wearing lenses can support your eye health
If you need lenses to correct a refractive error, such as myopia or hypermetropia, it’s important that you wear them. This can enhance your visual comfort and acuity, which in turn will mean you aren’t straining your eyes or over-working them. You can also reduce your risks of eyestrain by following the 20-20-20 rule. If you regularly work on a computer, take a break every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Wearing the right lenses is important in order to suit your individual needs. Good vision extends to every aspect of your life, whether you’re reading, driving or playing sport; everything is affected if you can’t see clearly!
Attending regular eye examinations is one of the easiest ways to identify any emerging problems with your eye health. Opticians are able to identify any problems with your vision or eyes and offer treatment depending on the problem. Eye examinations are also the best way to check your prescription lenses are doing their job properly.
Lens technologies and innovations to support your eye health
Eye Protect System is a unique embedded filtration system in your lens, offering front and back protection from harmful UV and Blue-Violet light. Eye Protect System will partially filter Blue-Violet light and absorb UV light, before it reaches your eyes. Lenses combined with Eye Protect System are aesthetically clear and have enhanced colour perception.
Transitions technology is light intelligent. If combined with your lens solution your lenses will automatically adapt to changing light condition and help protect against harmful UV and Blue-Violet light indoors and outdoors.
When out and about in the sun, ensure you’re wearing sun protective lenses. Sun protective lenses will again help to protect your eyes from harmful UV light. Xperio Polarised sun technology are our best for visual comfort and maximum protection against glare and UV on those sunny days.
Lens enhancements to support your eye health
Due to new innovations, you are now able to enhance your lenses further. Lens enhancements such as lens coatings can actively contribute towards optimal eye health, as well as visual clarity.
Lens coatings have been developed to provide UV protection for your eyes. This is hugely important as too much exposure to UV light has been associated with the likes of cataracts.(1) By including in a lens coating for your lenses, you could benefit from additional protection for your eyes in the long run.
Crizal Prevencia offers E-SPF 35, which is the highest E-SPF index for clear lenses.(2) You already know the importance of SPF for your skin, so why not invest in E-SPF for your eyes? Crizal Prevencia lens enhancement also reduces exposure to Blue-Violet light, supporting retinal cell survival for healthy vision.(3)
Family history and your eye health
Find out your family’s eye health history as it is important to know if anyone in your family has ever been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition as developing an eye condition can be due to genetics and in turn can be hereditary. By knowing this information you can inform your optician, who will be able to determine if you are at higher risk and can take the correct measures.
Diet to support your eye health
Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale, as this can support your eye health. Your eyes also benefit from omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, seaweed and certain seeds.
Maintain a healthy weight, as obesity can increase your risk of developing diabetes, which can lead to vision loss due to diabetic eye disease.
Smoking and your eye health
Research has shown smoking increases your risks of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness. By quitting, or never starting smoking, you can lower your risks of developing eye conditions and support your eye health.
If you notice a change in your vision, seek an appointment with your local optician immediately.