23rd to 29th September 2019 was 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.
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. Sign up or find out more by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page. You could raise even more money by holding a bake off competition – the only limit is your imagination!
Tell us why your sight means so much to you by taking a selfie using our ‘I care about sight’ A3 poster and sharing it on our Facebook page or Twitter feed during National Eye Health Week. Download the poster by clicking on the button, and find us @SightSupDerbys.
Out and About for Eye Health Week
Sight Support Derbyshire will be raising awareness of looking after your eyes, providing information about our services and raising funds to help local blind and partially sighted children and adults:
Sat 21st Sept: Street collection, Chesterfield
Mon 23rd Sept to Fri 27th Sept: Displays all week at Derby Royal Hospital and Royal Chesterfield Hospital.
Mon 23rd Sept: stall at London Road Community Hospital, Derby
Wed 25th Sept: Mobile Resource Centre, Alfreton Primary Care Centre
Thurs 26th Sept: stall at Derby Bus Station
Sat 28th Sept: Street collection, Derby city centre