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How to care for your eyesight

Let's focus on your eye health

How to care for your eyesight

Did you know, up to 80% of our memories are made up of images? So looking after your eyes is really important.

Regular eye checks

Getting an eye health check at least every two years is a simple step you can take to care for your eyesight. And if you have children under 16, they are entitled to a free NHS funded eye check every year.

What you get with a Boots Opticians eye check:

  • We check your eyesight and health of your eyes
  • Look for early signs of common health problems like diabetes
  • Every eye check includes Digital Retinal Photography, so we can monitor changes in your eye health over time

Request an eye check

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Everyday tips to help keep your eyes healthy

  • UV rays, blue light
    & your eyes

  • Give up smoking

  • Eat a healthy diet

  • Soothe dry &
    irritated eyes

Your eyes are exposed to light from a range of sources but in some cases this can be harmful to them.

Young woman in hat and sunglasses.

UV Rays

Your eyes are up to ten times more sensitive to UV damage from the sun than your skin is.
Protecting your children's eyes, as well as your own, is particularly important because 80% of the eyes' lifetime exposure to UV happens before the age of 18.

Blue light

This is emitted by the sun, as well as devices like computers, smart phones and LED lighting. While some blue light is essential to your health and helps regulate sleep patterns, other parts of it can be harmful to your eyes and contribute to the development of conditions like age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Top tip: Boots Protect lenses offer all round UV protection and Boots Protect Plus Blue lenses also reduce exposure to harmful blue light.

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Smoking is linked to Age Related Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of sight loss in the UK*. It is also known to make diabetes-related sight loss worse.

Stopping smoking is one of the healthiest things you can do.

Top tip: Research shows you are four times more likely to stop smoking with the help of a support service. Find out how Boots can help you with our stop smoking services and products.

*Macular Society charity

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Just like the rest of the body, your eyes benefit from a healthy balanced diet. Foods containing vitamins A, C and E, such as oranges, peppers, eggs, dairy and nuts, have the biggest health benefits for your eyes.

Top tip: If you need a helping hand getting nutrients into your diet, you might want to consider a supplement* such as MacuShield or Boots Pharmaceuticals Vision Aid Plus

*Supplements should not be regarded as a substitute for a varied diet or healthy lifestyle. Your local Boots opticians can advise on which ones are most suitable for you.

A woman putting eye drops into her eye

Air conditioning and regularly using computer screens can give you dry and irritated eyes. Dry eyes may make it easier for mild infections to inflame the eyelids.

Top tip: At Boots we offer a range of products to help soothe dry, irritated eyes:

  • Eye drops – instantly soothe irritated and red eyes
  • Eye sprays – great for using on the go
  • Eye gels – for a little extra relief at bedtime

Read more on Boots WebMD

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How to care for your eyesight

Did you know, up to 80% of our memories are made up of images? So looking after your eyes is really important.

Regular eye checks

Getting an eye health check at least every two years is a simple step you can take to care for your eyesight. And if you have children under 16, they are entitled to a free NHS funded eye check every year.

What you get with a Boots Opticians eye check:

  • We check your eyesight and health of your eyes
  • Look for early signs of common health problems like diabetes
  • Every eye check includes Digital Retinal Photography, so we can monitor changes in your eye health over time

Request an eye check

UV rays, blue light & your eyes

Your eyes are exposed to light from a range of sources but in some cases this can be harmful to them.

UV Rays
Your eyes are up to ten times more sensitive to UV damage from the sun than your skin is.
Protecting your children's eyes, as well as your own, is particularly important because 80% of the eyes' lifetime exposure to UV happens before the age of 18.

Blue light
This is emitted by the sun, as well as devices like computers, smart phones and LED lighting. While some blue light is essential to your health and helps regulate sleep patterns, other parts of it can be harmful to your eyes and contribute to the development of conditions like age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Top tip: Boots Protect lenses offer all round UV protection and Boots Protect Plus Blue lenses also reduce exposure to harmful blue light.

Give up smoking

Smoking is linked to Age Related Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of sight loss in the UK*. It is also known to make diabetes-related sight loss worse.

Stopping smoking is one of the healthiest things you can do.

Top tip: Research shows you are four times more likely to stop smoking with the help of a support service. Find out how Boots can help you with our stop smoking services and products.

*Macular Society charity

Eat a healthy diet

Just like the rest of the body, your eyes benefit from a healthy balanced diet. Foods containing vitamins A, C and E, such as oranges, peppers, eggs, dairy and nuts, have the biggest health benefits for your eyes.

Top tip: If you need a helping hand getting nutrients into your diet, you might want to consider a supplement* such as MacuShield or Boots Pharmaceuticals Vision Aid Plus

*Supplements should not be regarded as a substitute for a varied diet or healthy lifestyle. Your local Boots opticians can advise on which ones are most suitable for you.

Soothe dry & irritated eyes

Air conditioning and regularly using computer screens can give you dry and irritated eyes. Dry eyes may make it easier for mild infections to inflame the eyelids.

Top tip: At Boots we offer a range of products to help soothe dry, irritated eyes:

  • Eye drops – instantly soothe irritated and red eyes
  • Eye sprays – great for using on the go
  • Eye gels – for a little extra relief at bedtime

Discover more about our products, information & services

Read more on Boots WebMD

Eye health myths and facts

Does sitting too close to the television affect your vision?
How about reading in the dark? Find out if you can separate fact from fiction when it comes to caring for your eyes.

Take the full doctor-approved quiz on BootsWebMD

Top tips for healthier eyes

Find out more about the steps you can take to help avoid vision problems and enjoy good eye health.

Read the full doctor-approved slideshow on BootsWebMD

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