Focus On Eye Health – The Perfect New Year Resolution

Now, when it comes to a healthy diet or a fitness regime, most people are on-board with the idea. However, that does not always extend to other areas of health which require some specialist intervention from time to time. We all know that we need to visit the dentist regularly, for example, even if our teeth are in good condition. After all, problems can develop between check-ups and it is better to catch any issues earlier rather than later. Well, the same thing goes for our eye health and this is something that I have found that many people tend to overlook. This New Year, make it your resolution to take good care of your eyes and to visit an optician. Even if you don’t wear glasses and have no problems with vision, a check-up can make all the difference.


A trip to the optician is not just about reading letters from a board on the other side of the room to see how well you are able to focus – it can even save your life. Your eyes are a good place to diagnose a wide range of ailments, some of which are serious and others less so. Opticians frequently pick up on the early stages of conditions such as diabetes, macular degeneration and glaucoma, to name a few. As part of your all round well being, you should not neglect your own eyes, nor what they can tell you about the rest of your health.


Unless you have had specific advice from an ophthalmic practitioner to book a sight test more often, it is generally recommended that adults have their eyes inspected once every two years. So, if it has been longer than that, then make getting yours checked early in 2014 a priority. However, even if it has been more recent than 24 months since your last test, don’t feel the need to wait. If you have noticed any deterioration with your vision – perhaps watching the TV, reading or driving at night – then make a booking sooner rather than later.


Of course, one of the commonest things that a sight test will confirm to an optician is that your prescription has altered. Generally speaking, our eyesight will worsen with age, although the rate of change varies very greatly from person to person. If you are wearing contact lenses or glasses that are suited to a prescription made from test from over two years ago, then you could easily be doing ongoing damage to your eyes. Don’t be put off the expense of a new eyewear because – if you know where to look – many stylish new prescription glasses needn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Indeed, putting off making the change could easily cost you more in the long run.


Remember that there are other things you can do as part of your New Year’s resolution for better eye health than go to an optician. The consumption of beta carotene, a form of vitamin A, is good for the eyes’ retinas so you can do well by eating it in the form of carrots and other vegetables. Cataracts are another common eye problem which can be less of a risk if you tend to eat lots of anti-oxidants in green leaf vegetables, such as spinach. The risk of macular degeneration is also known to be lessened in people who have a healthy zinc intake as part of their diet, a mineral that can be found in eggs and many other foodstuffs. Keeping your diet varied, therefore, gives you the best opportunity of visiting an optician to find that your eyes remain in good health – something that helps us all sleep easier at night.