Information & Advice
Every day another 100 people start to lose their sight, despite 50 per cent of sight problems being avoidable.
1. Regular eye examination
Everyone should have their eyes examined at least once every two years - even if there is no change in your vision. An eye examination or check can often pick up the first signs of an eye condition before you notice any changes in your vision. This can lead to you getting vital treatment at the right time, which could save your sight.
2. Stop smoking
Smoking can double the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, the UK's leading cause of sight loss. In fact, the link is as strong as the link between smoking and lung cancer. Speak to your GP about stopping smoking.
3. Eat healthily and watch your weight
Eating a diet low in saturated fats but rich in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli may help protect against cataracts and age related macular degeneration (AMD) both of which are eye conditions that can develop as people get older. Oranges, kiwis, nuts, seeds and oily fish may also slow down some eye conditions as they contain high levels of the micronutrients Lutein and zeaxanthin which may help to keep your retina healthy. It is also important to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can increase the risk of developing diabetes, which in turn could lead to sight loss.
4. Keep your eyes covered in the sun
UVA and UVB rays in sunlight can harm your eyes and may increase the risk of cataracts and AMD. Wearing sunglasses, glasses or contact lenses with built in UV filter will protect your eyes. Only buy sunglasses that have a CE mark or carry British Standard BSEN 1836:1997.
If further exploration is needed after your eye check, don't worry.
After your eye check, the high street optometrist may refer you to hospital for a further check by a clinician. You may feel worried about what happens next and what is wrong with your eyes. Anxiety is understandable, which is why Action for Blind People (part of the RNIB group of charities) has a team of professionals to answer your questions, talk through your concerns, and provide reassurance and support on your eye care journey. For more information visit www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk
If you or someone you know has a sight problem, RNIB can help. Call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit www.rnib.org.uk
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Action for Blind People offer information, support and advice to almost two million people with sight loss in the UK and are committed to preventing sight loss.
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