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Top tips for looking after your eyes

We know that you love your HD- vision (with or without glasses), but don’t always know how exactly to make sure that your eyes are healthy and protected.

With this blog- post we’ll focus on some great tips to keep your eyes and vision spectacular.

1. Invest in sunglasses:

UV-rays from the sun can damage our eyes, eyelids and can cause small benign growths (typically pterygiums or pingueculae) on our eyes. Not only will sunglasses protect your eyes from UV-rays, but they also ensure that the front surface of your eye and eyelids are being looked after. When buying your next pair of fashionable sunnies, try to invest in a pair that has 99 to 100 percent UV protection.

Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later.

2. Put annual eye tests on your “To Do- List”:

One of the best decisions you can make is to prioritize your eye care needs. Eye tests once a year can pick up any visual problems earlier to ensure that appropriate management and treatment takes place as soon as possible. As they say: “Prevention is better than a cure”.

3. Please don’t ignore changes in vision:

The popular belief that if you leave something long enough, it will go away is a very risky business. I highly recommend taking changes in your vision seriously.

Every change in vision will have a cause, it’s better to find out what the cause is sooner rather than later (linking to my little prevention quote in tip number 2).

4. Know your family history:

Yes, this will involve speaking to your grandparents more (maybe even scoring some “koeksisters” in the process… WIN). The benefit of knowing your family history and telling your optometrist, will be that they’ll be able to keep a close eye on any risk factors or changes in your eye which will enable them to care for your eyes in the best way possible. Also, then your optometrist will be able to answer any questions that you have regarding any known family eye diseases.

5. Quit smoking or never start:

This definitely sounds very challenging, but it’ll be a wonderful decision for your overall and ocular health. Some studies suggest that smoking increases the risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) later in life. Smoking can also make you more prone to dry eyes, which can be quite uncomfortable.

6. Think safe, be safe and buy your contact lenses at a registered practitioner:

Now, I know this might sound silly, but contact lenses are medical devices.

Therefore, always buy your lenses from a registered optometrist (and only after they give you the OK to use them).

Avoid using/buying contact lenses at festivals or flea markets, as these contact lenses may not be safe for your eyes.

And, the most important tip of all: Love your eyes.

80% of our memories are determined by what we see, so love and cherish the windows to your soul.