21st to 27th September 2020 is National Eye Health Week.
At Sight Support Derbyshire we see at first hand the challenges of living with sight loss. Some eye conditions cannot be prevented. But looking after your eyes and taking care of your general health can help to prevent others, so it makes sense to look after them while you can. Although we are all having to change the way we interact with each other due to Covid-19, it’s important not to let this put you off calling your optician if you are concerned about any changes with your eyesight.
Follow the Sight Support Derbyshire QUEST for healthier eyes:
QUit Smoking – the link between smoking and sight loss is as strong as the link between smoking and cancer
Eat healthily and take regular exercise – a diet rich in dark green leafy vegetables, brightly coloured fruit and vegetables and oily fish will provide your eyes with a feast of vital nutrients and anti-oxidants
Sunglasses – always protect your eyes in bright sunlight, wearing sunglasses which carry the CE or British Standard mark. Protect children’s eyes too – 80 per cent of the eyes’ exposure to harmful UV rays occurs in childhood.
Test – get your eyes regularly tested even if you don’t wear glasses, at least every two years. Eye tests are not just about whether you need glasses, they can detect changes in your general health too. If you haven’t had a test for a while, book one during National Eye Health Week.
For more information about eye health, and looking after children’s eyes, click on the button below.
What’s On During Eye Health Week
Dress Bright For Sight! Get your colleagues together, rally your group of friends and wear your brightest clothes for one day to raise money for Sight Support Derbyshire during National Eye Health Week. Join in if you’re working home too. Sign up or find out more by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page.