Best Practices to Promote Healthy Eyesight

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Our vision is perhaps the most critical of all the 5 senses we possess and eye care is something we should all incorporate into our daily lives. Taken for granted, the eyes undergo tremendous strain, especially if you are in an IT related career, where gazing at a computer screen takes up a major part of your work routine. The eyes can be affected by many external factors – a balanced diet promotes healthy eyes, with Vitamins C and E and omega 3 fatty acids all helping to keep your eyes in good shape. In order to help you to help yourself with eye care, here are some useful practices to adopt into your daily routine.

Wear Quality Sunglasses

Whenever you are exposed to sunlight, it is advisable to wear sunglasses, and at David Paul Opticians, we stock designer frames from Lindberg and Tom Ford. If you invest in a quality pair of sun shades, your eyes will be protected from the harmful effects of UV rays, which is a known cause of cataracts and macular degeneration. Lindt are the chosen frame for many of our patients, indeed we like them so much, you will see our staff wearing these durable and stylish frames, which contain no screws and are very of very strong design. Driving without sunglasses can cause the eyes to strain and wearing polarised sunglasses gives you better vision as they reduce the glare.


Avoid Lengthy Periods in front of a Screen

For most people, looking at a computer monitor is part and parcel of the job, yet you can help to avoid overworking your eyes by taking a break every 30 minutes or so. Even if it is only for a coffee or a cold drink, a few minutes of focusing on something further afield will relieve the stress on your optic nerves and although there are times when you have deadlines to meet and are reluctant to take a break, spend a few minutes looking out the window can also provide that much needed change of focus.


Avoid Smoking

If you have already quit, so much the better, as smoking is a known cause of cataracts and can damage the optic nerve and the retina. If you are a smoker, try vaping, which is a much healthier way to ingest nicotine and there are products on the market, such as nicotine gum that can take the place of cigarettes, and aside from the eye damage it might cause, smoking tobacco can lead to lung cancer and heart disease.

We believe that eye care is essential for people of all ages and our state of the art facilities make us a very popular venue for people in Hertfordshire. We carry out advanced eye examinations, as well as providing frames and contact lenses and if you would like to have an eye test, call us to make an appointment on 01442 879 303 or leave a message and we will be in touch shortly.