How do I know my eyes are Healthy???
Eye examinations are vital not only in ensuring that you have optimum focus but also in the detection of various eye and general health problems.
At least half of all cases of sight loss in Ireland are avoidable. Many eye problems are not initially symptomatic therefore an eye examination is the best way to ensure your eyes are healthy.
We pride ourselves on providing high-quality examinations which are individually tailored to suit to you. We combine our expertise, our genuine care to ensure that you receive an outstanding eye examination.
We strongly believe that you should never feel rushed so we take time not only to examine your eyes properly but also to explain our findings allowing for any questions you might have.
What else can I do to look after my eyes?
Give up smoking
If you smoke you’re much more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration, which is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK, and cataracts, than people who do not smoke.
Protect your eyes from the sun
Getting out in the sun is important for your general health, but you need to protect yourself.
Dermatologists advise SPF on the skin its just as important to wear Sunglasses to protect the eyes all year around in daylight conditions as UV rays are still reaching us even via our cloudy days in Ireland.
At McCool eyecare we are very passionate about sun protection and we love to show our patients the benefits of polarised sunglasses.
Call in and ask for advice on the benefits of sunglasses and different tints and lenses available whether you need prescription lenses or not.
Diet and supplements
Don’t take your eyes for granted. Take these easy steps to keep your peepers healthy.
1. Eat Well
Good eye health starts with the food on your plate. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. To get them, fill your plate with:
- Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards
- Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
- Eggs, nuts, beans, and other nonmeat protein sources
- Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices
- Oysters and pork
A well-balanced diet also helps you stay at a healthy weight. That lowers your odds of obesity and related diseases like type 2 diabetes, which is the leading cause of blindness in adults.
Look Away From the Computer Screen
Staring at a computer or phone screen for too long can cause:
- Blurry vision
- Trouble focusing at a distance
- Dry eyes
- Neck, back, and shoulder pain
To protect your eyes:
- Make sure your glasses or contacts prescription is up to date and good for looking at a computer screen.
- If your eye strain won’t go away, talk to your optometrist about computer glasses.
- Move the screen so your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. That lets you look slightly down at the screen.
- Try to avoid glare from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.
- Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor.
- If your eyes are dry, blink more or try using artificial tears.
- Rest your eyes every 20 minutes. Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Get up at least every 2 hours and take a 15-minute break.