About Eye Health

Eye Health

Eye Health

Most of us take our eye health for granted

While we’re well educated on looking after our wider health and key parts of our bodies such as our heart, most of us take our eye health for granted until something happens. Your eyes provide an important sense, one that’s very hard to live without. Imagine not being able to see with clarity and having impaired vision. This would make it difficult to read, drive, watch television and much more .

What can you do to maintain good eye health or support your situation if you’ve been diagnosed with a condition? You should always consult a medical professional if you are in any way concerned about your eye health. A qualified optician will be able to assess your overall eye health and make recommendations. Beyond that, there are a number of things you can do to look after your eyes.

Electronic devices and blue light

What is the impact of digital screens on my eye health?

We are in the age of multiple digital screens and increasingly spending more time looking at them. Electronic devices give off blue light and this can have potentially harmful effects on the eye, including eye strain and headaches.

Try limiting your exposure to screens, making sure you look away at regular intervals, and try not to look at them in the hour before you go to bed. Not only is this good for your eyes, you’ll sleep better too.

The lutein and zeaxanthin in MacuShield can support the macular pigment that helps filter blue light.

Eye protection

Should I wear sunglasses to protect my eyes?

Digital devices are known for the potentially harmful effects of blue light, but did you know that most blue light exposure comes from the sun? If you’ve ever been asked by your children or grandchildren why the sky is blue, the answer is because the blue end of the visible light spectrum scatters more than the other colours, making the sky appear blue to us. While it’s normal to absorb blue light during the day, it's the UVA and UVB rays from the sun that can be damaging and serve as a contributing factor in a number of eye diseases. UVA and UVB rays are the same rays that cause your skin to tan and while exposure in the UK day to day is relatively small, wearing sunglasses with UV protection is advisable. If you wear glasses, you should consider asking your optician for a UV filter.


Will my lifestyle affect my vision?

As with other parts of your body, a poor lifestyle could have a damaging effect on your eyes. You should maintain a healthy diet with moderate alcohol intake, take regular exercise and if you are a smoker, consider giving up. It is advisable to consult your doctor before undertaking any major lifestyle change.