Risking Eyesight – Causes And Cures

Article Written and Posted by Brulimar - 26th April 2016

Leading opticians are reporting an increase in eye problems linked to obesity, smoking and poor hygiene.

Opticians are reporting an increase in people experiencing problems with their eyesight compared to 5 years ago. Figures are set to rise, with leading eyesight charity, RNIB, predicting that the amount of people living with vision loss in the UK will double by 2050. 

But why? In this blog post, we discuss the causes of common eye problems and how to prevent them. 

Eye Tests

According to Eyecare Trust, 20 million people in the UK don’t attend regular eye tests. Although a trip to your optometrist may seem unnecessary at times, missing your eye test appointment is more hassle than it’s worth; when left untreated, eye diseases such as glaucoma, nicknamed the ‘silent thief of sight’, can result in up to 40% loss of vision before symptoms even become noticeable. Optometrists have the ability to spot eye conditions before symptoms start to show, making regular tests a no-brainer. 

Unhealthy Eating

The rumours are true – eating carrots really can improve your eyesight, alongside the consumption of many other nutritious fruits and vegetables. Figures from January 2015 show, however, that almost two thirds of the UK population do not eat the recommended 5-a-day. Eating too much saturated fat can lead to a buildup of fatty deposits, raising the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Change your diet, improve your eyesight – it’s really that simple.

Harmful UV Rays

UV rays are detrimental to eyesight and can actually go towards increasing the risk of AMD and cataracts. Wearing sunglasses and protective eyewear is a great way to prevent UV rays causing damage. In fact, we should actually be wearing sunglasses all-year-round; UV rays are harmful even in cloudy weather, just ask your optometrist. 

Quit Smoking

It may only take a few minutes to smoke a cigarette, but the effects last a lifetime; chemicals in tobacco harm the blood vessels inside your eyes, causing blockages and internal bleeding which can then lead to an increased risk of AMD and cataracts. According to the British Medical Journal, one in five cases of AMD have been put down to smoking. Is it really worth it?

If you’re not eating as healthily as you could, swerving your eye tests, leaving your eyes unprotected in the sun, and smoking regularly, your eyes will be suffering. So if you’re a ‘yes’ to all of the above, then it’s time to make some serious lifestyle changes. 

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