There is a lot that we can do to help ourselves in maintaining good vision. Very practical steps such as safety wear at work, wearing good sunglasses and keeping a healthy diet are all important factors. The NHS offers very good advice on eye health on its website. You can also read our Top Tips for Eye Health leaflet.
A good diet is essential if we are to stay fit and healthy - and this of course applies to our eyes! Amongst a whole range of foods which make for good eye health, leafy greens, in particular kale, have been shown to be very beneficial. Why not download one of the recipes below:
With age most of us will eventually develop cataracts. This is when the lens becomes ‘cloudy’ and vision becomes increasingly like looking through a frosted window. This animation will help to explain.
Common Eye Conditions
As well as making referrals to your own GP, we also work in partnership with consultant ophthalmologist, Mr Amar Alwitry and are able to refer you directly to him for cataract surgery. More information on Mr Alwitry can be found on his website.
Glaucoma is caused by an increased pressure inside of the eye. This can lead to serious vision loss. However, it is a treatable condition but does need to be identified as early as possible. Professor Stephen Vernon, formerly of QMC Nottingham, explains more.
Macular Degeneration is a serious problem which affects around 600,000 people in the UK. If any signs of this are spotted by the optometrist you will be referred to the hospital for treatment.
Other common eye complaints include