Here are some useful tips and information you should know about looking after the ongoing health of your eyes.

  1. Visit your eye care professional for an eye examination every one or two years, to check not only your vision but also your eye and general health.
  2. Blink frequently and take regular breaks, especially when working on a computer. Also check that your screen and keyboard are positioned correctly.
  3. Wear your glasses or contact lenses and keep your prescription up-to-date, to help you perform better at work, rest and play.
  4. Drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Your tears and the delicate skin around your eyes are particularly susceptible to dryness.
  5. Wear eye protection for DIY activities and at risk sports, and remember UV protection for eyes is as important as sunscreen for skin.
  6. Wash your hands regularly to help reduce the spread of colds, runny eyes and eye infections. Always wash hands before handling contact lenses.
  7. Do not smoke because smokers are twice as likely to lose their sight later in life. You have one pair of eyes for life, so look after them now.
  8. Be aware of your family history of eye conditions, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, and take professional advice on how to prevent or delay onset.
  9. Eat a balanced diet including colourful fruit and vegetables, and maintain a healthy weight, to help prevent high blood pressure and diseases such as diabetes, which impact on eye health.
  10. Take prompt action if you experience any change with your eyes, as prompt diagnosis and treatment can help reduce long term problems. Ask yourself: “Do my eyes look good, feel good and see well?”