Eye health Eye health and tips
Maintaining good eye health is important in reducing the risk of vision loss in later life. Regular examinations with an optometrist or ophthalmologist are the best way to promote healthy eyes and prevent a change in vision. Examinations allow for the early detection and treatment of eye disease. 75% of vision loss in Australia is preventable.
If you have a family history of eye disease of are above the age of 40, it is recommended that you visit an eye specialist every two years for review.
Wear safety glasses if you frequently work with tools in a garden or mechanical environment. This will reduce your risk of injury from a foreign body. Many sports such as squash and hockey recommend the use of safety glasses as well. Safety glasses can be fitted with prescription lenses with the help of an optometrist.
Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes to reduce the chance of eye infection for yourself and others.
We recommend a suitable pair of sunglasses for all outdoor activity to reduce the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Sunglasses also play a key role in reducing glare.
Where possible, avoid looking at a computer screen all day. Overexposure can lead to dry eyes, headaches and blurred vision. If you work in an environment where long periods of screen time are necessary, take the time to look away at regular intervals.
Additionally, look after your vision by maintaining your general health. Maintain a good diet, avoid smoking, and partake in frequent physical exercise.
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