If you are finding it difficult to focus on things that are close up and your arm isn’t long enough now to read your mobile phone texts or, you’re waving to people in the distance who you think are your friends but as they become closer you have never seen them before in your life and they are looking at you weirdly or, you find that it takes longer to adapt to light changes or need a megawatt bulb to see things clearly or, you squint so much you have acquired the nick-name Mr Magoo it’s time to book an appointment with the Optician.
We should all have regular eye test at least every two years, even if you are not having problems seeing things. Early detection of eye disease will increase the chances of you not losing your sight.
The leading cause of Age-related Muscular Degeneration (AMD) and cataracts resulting in blindness in the UK is smoking. Giving up will help to reduce your risk of damaging your eyes.
Technology and eyes!
Most of us spend nearly 50 hours a week staring at some sort of screen, computer, laptop, IPad, Smart phone , TV etc. Have you noticed that at times your eyes feel tired, you have a headache, maybe get blurred vision or difficulty focusing?
Take regular breaks from the screen; go on, do this 20 -20- 20 exercise now!
Every 20 minutes look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will give your eye muscles a break and encourage you to blink, we tend to stare at the screen and not blink which dries our eyes out.
If you need to wear glasses to look at the screen then put them on! You will still look gorgeous!
Setting your work station up
If your eyes are sore don’t overdo the eye drops, instead soak a couple of green tea bags in cold water for a couple of minutes and put them over your eyes for 15 – 20 minutes, relax, the dog won’t like these.
Floaters (grow up!!)
Some people have these; some people won’t know what I’m talking about. They are small dark or clear spots or strands that float in front of your eyes. Some people are born with them, some people develop them but your brain is very clever and learns to ignore them. If you look up to a clear sky you may be aware of them more. They are very common and harmless but in some rare cases need to be investigated further.
There are many myths about eye sight….
If you are concerned about any aspects of your eye health make an appointment to get them tested.Back to Blog