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05 May 2021

5 Ways to Ensure Healthy Vision

Keeping your eyes healthy is something you can work on every day.

What you eat, how active you are, whether you smoke, how you protect your eyes and maintain good hygiene are five things that can have a big impact on your eyes.

Find out why they’re so important and get practical tips on living an ‘eye healthy’ lifestyle.

1. Eating right counts towards optimal eye health

Diet choices can affect your eye health. A varied and healthy balanced diet is key to the wellbeing, healthy growth, and development. The eyes are no different and need a variety of nutrients to help maintain good eye health.

Eye friendly nutrients found in many fruits and vegetables and fatty acids derived from fish, nuts, beans, and oils can all help protect your eyesight. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, lutein, vitamin B, C and E help maintain healthy blood vessels inside the eye and may help slowdown some eye degenerative diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or cataracts. Research has shown that eating just one portion of fish a week can reduce the risk of developing AMD by up to 40%.

2. Protect your eyes from the sun

Protecting your eyes from the sun is also vital for good eye health. Slip on a pair of sunglasses whenever the UV Index rises to three or more to minimize your risk of developing conditions such as photokeratitis, cataracts and macular degeneration. Always wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection as they filter the UV rays and prevent them from penetrating your eyes – choose shades that block both UV-A and UV-B light. Look out for a CE or UV 400 mark to ensure your shades provide adequate UV protection. Moreover, if you are living in the Middle East, your risk of sun damage can be minimized by avoiding spending time outdoors between 10am and 3pm.

For those looking to purchase new shades, check out one of our Doctor M stores. We have ongoing discounts throughout the summer months and a large selection of sunglasses at all price ranges.

3. Practice good hygiene

Caring for your eyeglasses and contact lenses properly is crucial for the health of your eyes and can help prevent eye irritation or infection. If you wear makeup every day, germs can build up on your make-up palettes and brushes, and cause eye infections and irritation. Make sure you regularly wash all sponges and brushes and adhere to the ‘period after opening’ (PAO) time on your cosmetic products. Regular handwashing is one of the most effective ways of preventing a host of bacteria and viruses, especially COVID-19. When you feel as if something (eyelashes or dust, for example) may have accidentally gone into your eyes, don’t rub your eyes. Rinsing your eyes with saline or water is a safer way to remove the debris.

Also, always wash your hands and follow other good hygiene when putting in or taking out your contact lenses. It might surprise you to learn the best thing you can do for your eyes while working with display screen equipment is to let your eyes rest for a while. Try giving your eyes a break from time to time by wearing glasses or looking away from the screen. Caring for your eyeglasses and contact lenses properly is crucial for the health of your eyes and can help prevent eye irritation or infection.

4. Limit screen use and be screen smart

Research shows that we now spend more time looking at a screen than we do sleeping. With such high levels of screen time, it is important we are all aware of the impact this can have on our eye health – eye problems include sore, tired, itchy eyes; headache; temporary blurred vision; trigger episodes of visual stress and pain in the neck and shoulders. Moreover, intensive screen use is causing more of us to experience screen fatigue.

Following the 20-20-20 rule is a good way to give your eyes some rest. Look up from your screen every 20 minutes and focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds when using digital devices and screens. As well as being good for your eye health, frequent breaks can boost your productivity and mental health – giving you time to pause, reflect and breathe.

5. Get your eyes tested regularly

An eye exam should be as much a part of your healthcare regime as having a dental check-up. It’s not just about whether you need glasses or not, it’s an important health check for eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, or macular degeneration. Routine eyesight tests at Doctor M take around 10 minutes and the optometrist conducting the exam can detect health conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure and, on rare occasions, even brain tumors. Moreover, you must be aware of your vision in each eye separately. Sometimes, conditions occur in one eye first. See your optician straight away if you notice a decrease in vision in one eye. Having regular eye tests is recommended every two years and every year for certain conditions.

Doctor M Offers Quality Eye Care and Expert Advice at Great Value!

There has been much research to show that the main reason that patients don’t get their eyes examined is due to cost. At Doctor M, we want to ensure that this is not the factor that stops our customers from being able to have their eyes examined regularly. We do this by ensuring our optical stores offer quality eye care and expert advice at an affordable price, making it even more accessible to all. And all of our eyewear includes a one-year guarantee against manufacturing defects in addition to a product and service warranty for bundle buyers which includes unlimited free cleanings and adjustments. we want our customers to know that if anything goes wrong, we offer free warranty on our large selection of glasses frames, and all of our eyewear includes a one-year quality guarantee (which includes breakage protection and unlimited free cleanings and adjustments) and product and service warranty for bundle buyers.

What’s more, with or without vision insurance, we will help you get the best value for your eyewear. If your optical insurance is with one of our insurance partners, We will do a free insurance coverage check so you can understand what your plan will cover. Doctor M accepts the most insurance plans in the Kingdom. We will do a free insurance coverage check so you can understand what your plan will cover. So, what are you waiting for? Visit a Doctor M store near you today!

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