National Eye Health Week
National Eye Health Week is from the 19th of September to the 25th of September 2022 and promotes the importance of good eye health and why everyone should have regular eye tests.
Over 50% of sight loss is preventable; having regular eye tests can help detect eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts*. Did you know that regular eye tests can also help detect other health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and even cancer? Your optician can assess the condition of blood vessels in your retina which is a great predictor in the overall health of blood vessels throughout your body.
Age makes a more noticeable impact on your eyes between the ages of 40 and 50 as age reduces the ability to focus*. This is where many people begin to struggle with reading and suffer with eyestrain. Eyes can also start to feel gritty and sore.
Even if you wear glasses, it is vital to take care of your eyes especially while using computer, TV, or phone screens for prolonged periods of time. The natural blinking action pumps the meibum oil out of the glands which is essential to help prevent Dry Eye disease and its associated symptoms. Without frequent blinking, these oils can become thicker, and eyes become drier. Take frequent breaks away from that screen and give your eyes a rest!
Our Medical Advisor, Andrew Price FBDO (Hons) CL MBCLA, has shared his best and easiest recommendations for looking after your eyes:
- “The foundation stone for preserving and enhancing eye health must be regular eye examinations, at least every two years, more frequently for some groups of patients, as advised.”
- “As in all fields of medicine, prevention, and early diagnosis of diseases before symptoms, is much more effective than trying to stop advanced conditions which sometimes cannot be reversed.”
- “As an example, in the specialist field of Dry Eye/Blepharitis, an umbrella term that encompasses many different ocular surface conditions, and in which The Body Doctor are proud to provide many different products recommended by Eye Care and Health Care Professionals, specific treatments can improve the function of the eye’s tear producing glands, support the regrowth of the eye’s surface cells and reduce contact lens discomfort.” *
- “An eye exam can be a source of vital health advice, on for instance smoking and its effect on the eye, nutrition, eye protection and vision preservation. This is the single most important investment in eye health every person in the UK should make on a regular basis.”
Good eye health also means protecting and helping to prevent eye conditions with an eyecare regime, but this doesn’t need to be complicated or costly. Following The Eye Doctor’s HEAT + CLEANSE + REVIVE regime will help maintain oily tear production and has been recommended as a clinically proven treatment for common eye conditions such as Dry Eye Disease, MGD and Blepharitis.
- HEAT – Use The Eye Doctor antibacterial hot eye compress to melt and release blocked oils in the Meibomian Glands.
- CLEANSE – Gently remove expressed oils and any dirt or debris on the lids and lashes with The Eye Doctor biodegradable lid wipes or lid cleansers
- REVIVE – Hydrate and maintain the eye’s natural moisture barrier with The Eye Doctor eye drops for rapid and soothing
If you suffer from chronic Dry Eye, you can incorporate a fourth and fifth step to your daily eyecare regime:
- SUPPORT – Add The Eye Doctor Premium Dry Eye Food Supplements as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle which feature high strength and high quality ingredients.
- REPAIR – One of the most innovative Dry Eye products in the market today, the Optimel Range contain pharmaceutical grade Manuka Honey to help kill bacteria and stabilise the eye’s surface
*References available on request