The importance of looking after your eyes

Here at M&S Opticians, we’re advocates for excellent eye health. We understand that in a world of information-overload it may be hard to find the best guidance when it comes to looking after your eyes.

This is why we’ve sifted through it for you and found 5 top tips to consider:

1. Screen breaks. Technology is part of our everyday life, but working at a computer all day can cause you to feel tired, lead to headaches and even result in you finding it difficult to concentrate. That’s why we suggest you practice the 20:20:20 rule, look at an object 20 feet away, for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. If you can get up and make a tea or coffee, that’s even better. Doing this helps the muscles in your eyes relax, lessening your chance of eye strain.

2. Healthy diet. Ensure you’re maintaining a healthy balanced diet, it’s not only carrots that are good for your eyes! Why not try some green leafy vegetables which are rich in carotenoids. Or some broccoli which is packed with vitamin B2, a deficiency in B2 can make your eyes more sensitive to light, which can cause blurred vision and ocular fatigue.

Looking after your eyes

3. Sleep. Getting 8 hours of sleep at night will allow your eyes to take a much needed rest. Switching your electronic gadgets off 30 minutes before you sleep can also help you get a better night’s sleep.

4. Respect the sun. Prolonged exposure to UV light can contribute to a number of eye conditions. Not matter what time of year it is, it is always worth investing in a quality pair of sunglasses. If they’re polarised, you could even get wear out of them in Autumn winter – as they’re great for reducing glare from rain/snow in low sun!

5. Regular eye tests. Regular eye test not only pick up changes needed to your prescription, but they can detect other underlying health issues, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. As part of a standard M&S eye test you’ll get an OCT scan, this allows the optician to see each individual layer of you eye – meaning we can get a better understanding of the health of your eyes.   

If you have any concerns regarding your eye health, please contact your local store. Our team of expert optometrists are on hand to help.

If you are due for your routine eye test you can book at your nearest M&S Opticians today.