We are pleased to update you, that from Monday 12 April we will be resuming normal opening hours, including Sundays.

Please be assured, we will still be taking all the necessary precautions to keep our practice Covid safe for all our patients and staff.

Our Top 5 Eye Health Tips

With National Eye Health Week here, we decided to share our top 5 eye health tips to help you enjoy clearer, healthier vision.

1) Eat For Your Eyes

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is great for your whole body but it’s also good for your eyes, especially if you eat foods rich in the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, such as asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, eggs, leafy greens, pistachios and pumpkins.

2) Give Your Eyes A Break From The Screen

Staring at a screen for too long, whether it’s your smartphone, laptop or tablet, can cause digital eye strain. Symptoms include temporary blurry vision, headaches and sore, red eyes. If you have dry eyes, too much screen time can also worsen your symptoms. So, make sure you follow the 20-20-20 rule – take a break from the screen every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds and focus on something 20 feet (6 metres) away.

Give Your Eyes A Break

3) Get To Know Your Family History

Certain eye conditions run in families, such as glaucoma, while other health conditions that can affect your vision also have genetic risk factors, such as high cholesterol and diabetes. It is therefore important to know whether your immediate family has any health conditions that could increase your risk of developing certain eye conditions so you can be extra vigilant.

4) Wear Sunglasses

Sunglasses aren’t just for sunny holidays abroad, bright days here in the UK bring with them the sun’s harmful UV rays, which can damage your eyes. The effects of UV damage are cumulative but wearing sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection can reduce the impact of UV on your eyes. 

5) Keep Up With Your Regular Eye Tests

Eye tests aren’t just for people who wear glasses or contact lenses. While they do check whether you need vision correction, they also check your overall eye health and can spot signs of eye disease or damage. It is recommended that adults have their eyes checked at least every 2 years.

Book your next eye test today with The Optical Shop, your opticians in Staines, providing family eye care for all.