Healthy Living, Healthy Eyes

Living a healthy lifestyle can help protect your eyes. By looking after your health you are also looking after your eye health. 

Exercise Everyday - Being active can help reduce your risk of having eye disease. Research has shown that exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss. Sight loss can occur as a result of high blood pressure, diabetes and narrowing or hardening of the arteries. 

Diet - Eating a healthy, balanced diet consisting of fruit and vegetables can protect against eye problems. Obesity has been linked to eye problem so a healthy diet can help prevent this. Improving your overall health may help to keep the retina healthy. 

Stopping smoking - Getting advice on quitting smoking can not only improve your health in general it can also help prevent future eye problems. 

Drinking within the recommended limits - Heavy alcohol consumption has been associated with a risk of early age-related macular degeneration. Keeping with the recommended limits of three to four units a day and two to three units for women will help to keep your eyes healthy. 

You can not always tell if an eye disease is developing so whether you are old or young an eye test every 2 years or more is advised to help keep your eyes in check.