Information & Advice
Something most of us see eye to eye on is that vision is the most valued of all our senses and it gives us the independence we cherish.
Luckily, there are many things you can do to help your eyes stay healthy, so we had an eye-dea!
Why not start giving those precious peepers the TLC they deserve?
To keep your eyes on the ball, we've got three simple steps to help guide you:
Just like the rest of your body, your eyes benefit from eating a healthy varied diet and giving up smoking. There are also simple things you can do to help with dry or uncomfortable eyes.
When it comes to sun safety, don't forget to make your eyes as much a focus as your skin. Wear your shades and show those damaging Ultra Violet rays who's boss!
The eyes may be the windows to the soul but they also allow us to look out for tell-tale signs of other health conditions, like diabetes.
Getting your sight checked at least once every two years can help give you the peace of mind that you are staying on top of your eye health.
A feast for the eyes
Just like the rest of the body, our eyes need nourishment from the nutrients in various foods.
Eating well supports good health in many ways, so you'll score double points in one easy strike!
Boots Optometrist Vicky O'Connor has given us her top nutrients for healthy eyes:
Vitamin A: Eggs and cheese are good sources of this nutrient which can help to maintain vision and support the normal function of the immune system too.
Omega 3: The Omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA contributes to normal vision but also has a structural role throughout the body.
Zinc: Foods like bread and meat are a good source of this mineral which helps maintain vision. Zinc also helps support normal cognitive function, that's mental processes like memory and learning to you and me.
Carotenoids: When you are watching television or reading, you are using your central vision, which comes from the back of the eye in a region called the macula.
The macula has a yellow colour, or pigment, which comes in part from nutrients called carotenoids. These are found in many brightly coloured foods like mangoes, yellow peppers, leafy greens and corn.
Lack of nutrients can leave the macula much more susceptible to damage and therefore at greater risk of gradual loss of central vision in a condition called Age Related Macular Degeneration.
If you need a helping hand getting a variety of nutrients into your diet, you might want to consider a supplement.*
MacuShield contains key carotenoids, while Boots Vitality Eye Support contains nutrients like Zinc and Vitamin A to help maintain the eyes' normal function.*
*Supplements should not be regarded as a substitute for a varied diet or healthy lifestyle.
If you have any questions about taking supplements for your eyes, your local Boots Optician will be able to help answer them.
The low down on lighting up
Kicking the habit may be hard but the benefits you'll get will have you feeling you are onto a real winner!
You won't just help your overall health but you'll take care of your eyes too because smoking is linked to the UK's biggest cause of blindness, Age Related Macular Degeneration.
Visit our website's Stop Smoking section to find out how we can help you begin embracing a smoke-free life.
Safety just got ultra cool
Sunglasses may be the go-to summer accessory but they need never go out of season because even when the sun's not beaming down, Ultra Violet Rays can still damage our eyes.
Whether you drive, play sport, or are an occasional wearer, we can help you find the sunglasses to meet your needs.
Being stylish needn't mean compromising on safety either, because all Boots sunglasses offer 100% UV protection.
Because children's eyes are particularly sensitive to UV rays, be sure to pick a pair for them too!
If you wear contact lenses, you can also get built-in UV protection. Your Boots Optometrist will happily take you through your options.
I spy with my little eye
Remember the endless discoveries the world held when you were a child? Beyond eyes being a window to a world of new experiences, 80% of what children learn is through sight.So it is well worth caring for their eyes.Some key things to bear in mind include:
What an eye opener
Chances are you are reading this on some sort of screen. Much as we may love the convenience that comes with the digital age, hours spent focusing on screens means we blink less, which may leave eyes feeling dry, gritty, and uncomfortable. They might even look a little red.Here's a few options to consider:
Boots Optometrist Vicky O'Connor: "Contrary to popular belief you can still wear makeup and keep your eyes healthy. You just have to make sure you follow good habits, such as remembering to remove your eye makeup thoroughly every night before bed, replacing products such as eyeliner and mascara around every six to 12 weeks, and making sure to wash your make up brushes regularly."