How to care for your eyesight

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How to care for your eyesight

Let's focus on your eye health

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How to care for
your eyesight

Our eyes give us so much. Did you know, up to 80% of our memories are made up of images?

Your eye check

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

An eye check at Boots Opticians:

  • Checks your eyesight and health of your eyes
  • Looks for early signs of common health problems like diabetes
  • Includes Digital Retinal Photography, at no extra cost, to monitor changes in your vision over time

Take advantage of our £10 eye health check voucher and book your appointment today.

Download voucher Request an eye check

Everyday tips to help keep your eyes healthy

  • Protect your eyes
    from the sun

  • Give up smoking

  • Eat a healthy diet

  • Soothe dry &
    irritated eyes

Young woman in hat and sunglasses.

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

Top tip: Protect your eyes all year round, even on cloudy days. UV rays are invisible, so just because you can't see them, it doesn't mean they are not there.

Woman with grey hair smiling.

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

A plate of salad with green leaves, avocado and tomatoes

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

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How to care for your eyesight

Our eyes give us so much. Did you know, up to 80% of our memories are made up of images?

Your eye check

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

An eye check at Boots Opticians:

  • Checks your eyesight and health of your eyes
  • Looks for early signs of common health problems like diabetes
  • Includes Digital Retinal Photography, at no extra cost, to monitor changes in your vision over time

Take advantage of our £10 eye health check voucher and book your appointment today.

Download voucher

Request an eye check

Protect your eyes from the sun

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

Top tip: Protect your eyes all year round, even on cloudy days. UV rays are invisible, so just because you can't see them, it doesn't mean they are not there.

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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