Enjoy 2020 with a 20/20 vision!

Nowadays, we are always busy and when it comes to our health, we often tend to procrastinate... and we really shouldn't. It's very easy to forget about our eyes as they often don't hurt when there is a problem. We tend to notice it only when our sight has significantly changed. However, over 50% of sight loss can be easily prevented and avoided simply by taking regular eye tests.

Here's 3 reasons why eye tests are extremely important:

  • Even partial sight loss has a negative impact on our everyday life and simple tasks, such as reading a sign or checking ingredients in our food, can become a real struggle.
  • Regular eye tests identify prescription changes and ensure that your eyes stay healthy and good vision is preserved.
  • An eye test can help pick up on severe asymptomatic eye conditions such as glaucoma.

A simple eye test can sometimes also spot signs of other health conditions which can affect the eye, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

How often should we have an eye test?

Unless an optometrist specifies otherwise, you should have an eye test every two years. However, if you spot changes in your vision, or your eyes are often tired, itchy and red, you should immediately see your trusted optician. If eye conditions are part of your family history, you should also have an eye test more frequently.

Children and adults over 60 should have eye examinations once a year, as they are exposed to quicker changes in their vision. 

Look after your eyes everyday

There are simple habits that you can take - or bad ones to give up - to help your eyes stay healthy for longer.

  • Sleep enough (at least 7-9 hours per night) to avoid red and tired eyes.
  • Eat healthy to ensure your eyes are taking all the vitamins and nutrients they need from your food.
  • Protect your eyes from damage caused by the sun. Always choose glasses and sunglasses with UV-protection lenses.
  • Spend less time in front of your computer or mobile screen, if you can. If you can't, remember to take regular breaks.
  • Don't smoke and drink. Smokers and heavy drinkers have a higher risk of developing early age macular degeneration and cataracts than non-smokers.

If you haven't booked an eye test recently, it's now time to see your trusted, registered optician.

Book your appointment at Eye Emporium (London) 

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