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Eye Care Tips for all Ages

Eye care is an important factor in maintaining our overall health. Along with exercise, eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight, having regular eye tests is an essential thing. As you get older your eyesight will gradually change, with the most rapid development happening within the first 2 years and later on in life. With this continual change in vision throughout our lives, regular eye tests by an ophthalmologist are recommended as these will not only monitor your eyesight but can also detect other health issues that may need addressing.

Eye Care for Babies

Our eyes and how we see changes greatly as we age. When we are first born our eyesight is quite poor at being able to see and recognize shapes, especially faces. A child's eyesight continually develops over the next 7 or 8 years, with the most rapid development happening within the first 2 years, which is why regular eye tests by an ophthalmologist are essential.

Sometimes the developmental process goes wrong and the eyes do not develop as they should. Generally, if there are any problems we strongly recommend they are dealt with sooner rather than later. If a problem is left undetected in early years it may mean the child has a defect which cannot then be corrected later on.

If there are any eye problems in the family, especially among brothers and sisters, or if you have noticed anything unusual, have your child's eyes checked as soon as possible by an optician.

Eye Care for Children

During the first 12 years of our lives, up to 80% of our learning is visually based. Many children struggle at school simply because of eyesight related problems, which is why your child should have regular eye tests by an ophthalmologist. We have to remember that what a child sees is 'normal' for them and may not realize that others can see clearer.

There are a few tell-tale signs you can look out for, for example:

  • Does your child sit close to the TV? • Do they rub their eyes repeatedly?
  • Do they complain of headaches or blurred vision?
  • Do they squint?

If you have noticed any of these signs, have your child's eyes checked as soon as possible by an optician.

Eye Care for Youngsters

As children get older and turn into young adults, they become more fashion conscious and become more active. In most cases contact lenses can be considered as an alternative to glasses, especially for occasional use.

Throughout our lives our bodies are continually growing and replacing cells. The same is true for the eyes. Generally our eyesight and prescription details remain relatively stable, with only subtle changes over time. Because of this, an eye test is suggested every 2 years for adults between the ages of 16-60. At certain points in our lives, such as during pregnancy, changes to the body can cause changes to the eyes, and can be easily explained. Sometimes, the eyes appear to change for no reason; if you do notice any changes to what you can see, how your eyes look, or how comfortable they feel, have an eye test to check on your eye health.

Eye Care after 40

The natural aging process means that the eyes cannot maintain the same level of vision throughout our life. Around the age of 45, everybody's eyesight begins to alter. You find close tasks harder to focus on and have to push things further away. You need more light to be able to read and you may even find yourself getting headaches when reading or using a computer screen. This is a perfectly normal process called Presbyopia and is caused by the natural lens in your eye not being able to flex as it once did, resulting in near vision becoming blurred. It is easily solved by using reading glasses, or special multifocal spectacles such as Varifocals or Bifocals.

Most people have very few problems with their eyes; but by using the correct glasses, having regular eye tests, and by being aware of any changes happening to your eyes and eyesight, you can look after your eyes.

7 Tips to Maintain Good Eye Health
  • Eat Healthy for Good Vision
  • Quit Smoking for Better Eyesight
  • Wear 100% UV Protected Glasses and Sunglasses for Good Vision
  • Use Safety Eyewear at Home, at Work, and While Playing Sports
  • Try not to spend so much time looking at your computer screen.
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses for more than 19 hours.
  • Exercise your eyes, and also be sure to relax them
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