Looking After Your Eyesight: Lifestyle Habits for Keeping Your Vision Healthy

With more than 60% of people in the UK needing to wear glasses or contact lenses, it’s clear to see that, if you’re lucky enough to have naturally perfect vision, you’re in the minority.

There are many different causes of bad eyesight, most of which occur naturally and out of the control of the individual. But, whilst if you have bad eyesight it may not be your fault, there are methods you can use in an attempt to keep your vision as healthy as it can possibly be and prevent further deterioration. And, if you’re lucky to not yet need glasses or contact lenses, trying out some of these methods will likely keep your eyes in optimum condition for longer too!

So, if you’re looking for ways to look after your eyesight yourself, here are some easy lifestyle habits you can start doing.

Technology

In today’s day and age, almost everyone owns either a computer or a smartphone. Whilst technology is now seen as an essential for modern-day living, staring at a bright computer screen for too long can wreak havoc on your eyes.

Often causing headaches, dry eyes and even blurred vision in the long-run, sitting too close to a bright screen for too long is perhaps more harmful than you’d ever imagine.

Whilst avoiding technology altogether is almost impossible these days, try placing your screen at least 5 inches below eye level and reduce its overall brightness.

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Diet

It’s no secret that a healthy diet has unparalleled benefits for the body but, when we think of eating healthily, we rarely associate this with eye health.

In fact, foods such as oily fish, spinach, and citrus fruits contain an array of essential vitamins and minerals linked to keeping the eye area healthy. Plus, people who are overweight have been shown to be at increased risk of developing eye problems, suggesting obesity is a contributor to eye deterioration in itself.

Get your eyes tested

Whilst this may seem obvious, so many people these days either forget or simply can’t be bothered to have their eyes tested, especially if they think their vision is perfect.

But over time, it’s completely normal for your eyesight to change. As these changes will likely happen very gradually, it’s unlikely you’ll even notice them yourself without getting a professional to take a look. So, to be on the safe side and keep on top of your eye health, having regular eye tests is one of the best ways to do this.

Having good eyesight is something most of us take for granted until we can no longer see clearly anymore. But by implementing some simple lifestyle and dietary changes as well as going for regular eye tests, you’re putting yourself in the best position to keep your eyes healthier for longer!


Rebecca Hammond is training to become an optician. In her free time she writes about eyesight for a range of health as well as lifestyle blogs, sharing a little of her growing-knowledge with an online audience.Take a look at laser eye surgery hub for more information on available treatments.

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