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We need to take more care of our eyes

Saturday, 21 September 2013  | 

We need to take more care of our eyes

National Eye Health Week runs until Sunday 22nd September. It encourages us all to take more care of our eyes and as one of the official sponsors, one of our brands NATorigin are getting behind these important health messages. As an Allergy UK approved brand for sensitive eyes, dry eyes, blepharitis and contact lens wearers, NATorigin was keen to get involved.

Most of us keep our eye cosmetics such as mascara for far too long. The make-up artists I have asked suggest replacing them every 3 months but some prefer 2 months after opening. This is to reduce the risk of eye infections or contamination of the product itself. Pencil eye liners should be sharpened regularly to expose fresh product, particularly if you apply them to the waterline and replaced if the lid keeps falling off. Cleaning any applicators and brushes that you use regularly is also important.

Your local opticians may be backing this campaign, so pop in and see what they are up to. Spread the word, follow our general tips below and you could help to save someone's sight.

  • 1.8 million people in the UK are living with sight loss. For 53% of these, a simple sight test and new spectacles could really help.
  • A sight test can detect early signs of conditions like macular degeneration/glaucoma/cataracts, which can be treated if found soon enough.During a sight test, other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure may be detected.
  • For healthy eyes, eat well, donít smoke and wear eye protection for diy/sport and sunglasses in bright sunlight, including children.
  • Never wear contact lenses in the pool/shower/spa even for a minute, choose prescription swimming goggles instead.
  • Itís important to get childrenís eyes tested early - particularly if the parents wear glasses.

Finally

  • If you have glasses, wear them, especially if they are for driving.
  • If you have glasses that you can't get on with, go back to your opticians and tell them. Most will be happy to do a re-check and resolve the problem.
  • Eat a healthy diet, high in oily fish, fruits and vegetables especially green vegetables such as kale, cabbage, broccoli and spring greens.

For more information including recipe cards, visit the Vision Matters website. Watch out for National Eye Health Week updates in your local press, radio and TV news.