24 Jan 2020

Looking After Your Eyes

Eyes are supposedly the windows to your soul, so you want to keep them in the best shape possible! With modern living, eye conditions are becoming more and more common in all people – from office workers looking at computer screens all day, to older people suffering from worsening eye sight. Fortunately, there are things we all can do to help our eye health.

General tips for looking after your eyes
  • Regular eye tests: Adults should have their eyes tested every 2 years minimum. If you are starting to experience frequent headaches or eye strain, an eye exam is recommended.

  • Wearing glasses: Wear your prescription glasses when required. If wearing contact lenses, keep the eyes lubricated by applying a suitable drop, like Systane Ultra, take out your contacts every evening and try to wear your glasses instead of contacts while looking at screens.

  • Eating a varied diet: Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids are all very important for overall eye health, so try and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Also drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

  • Stop smoking and reduce alcohol intake: Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption dramatically increase the risk of developing macular degeneration.

  • Sun protection: Wear sunglasses with UV protection – even on a bright but cloudy day.

  • Remove eye makeupBold: Take make up off before going to bed. Leaving on eye makeup can lead to blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids), styes and other nasty eye infections.

  • Sleep: Getting a full 8 hours sleep will reduce eye irritation.

Poor vision

Contrary to what you were told as a child, carrots won’t make you see in the dark - although they are high in Vitamin A, so there’s some truth in the old wives’ tale! There’s no magic remedy for 20/20 vision – but having a balanced diet that’s rich in vitamins and minerals helps to keep your eyes healthy. Vitamins A, B, C, D and E are all shown to help maintain normal vision. Vitamin deficiencies are rare these days, but they can lead to sight deterioration. If you’re struggling to get in that 5 a day or feel that you could use a little help getting all those vitamins in, Pharmaton contain a broad range of vitamins and minerals that are great for both overall and eye health.

Eye strain & Dry eyes

An unfortunate side effect of spending so much time on our screens nowadays is eye strain. Symptoms include; headaches, blurred vision and general eye discomfort. Staring at a screen stops us from blinking regularly, therefore causing eyes to become dry and irritated. Treatment consists of taking regular breaks from looking at screens (even Netflix!), taking supplements, or using drops to help immediately soothe the eyes. MorEPA contains high dose Omega 3 fatty acids, which are needed to prevent dry eyes and retain good vision. Hylo-Forte drops lubricate the eye and treat underlying dryness, whilst Murine Irritation and Redness Relief eye drops will help reduce the red appearance of irritated eyes and will have them glistening again.

Vidisic gel is particularly useful at night-time to prevent the eyes drying out while sleeping.

Macular degeneration is a painless eye condition that leads to the gradual loss of central vision (the ability to see what is directly in front of you). Supplements can be used to slow down the progression of macular degeneration. Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Meso-Zeaxanthin are all recommended for patients with macular degeneration. They are found in green and yellow vegetables, but a supplement is usually recommended as it can be difficult to get significant quantities of these substances through diet alone. Macushield contains these nutrients in the amounts needed to slow down macular degeneration. Lutein Omega 3 contains lutein, zeaxantin and omega fish oils if you struggle to get enough good fats into your diet.

Speak to one of our team members if you would like to find out what the most suitable supplements for your eyes is. As always, if you are taking any other medications or have any other conditions, you should check if these products are suitable for you. Find your local Hickey’s Pharmacy here.

For more advice on eye conditions, see here.