National Eye Health Week 2019
It's National Eye Health Week this week (23 29 September) and throughout Wiltshire, events will be taking place where the Eyes Right Toolkit, produced by the Pocklington Trust, will be used to screen people's vision. Advice and support will also be provided to people on how to maintain healthy eyes.
The Vision West of England will be at the following locations:
- 25 September - Malmesbury Library; Wilton Shopping Centre
- 26 September - Shires Shopping Centre, Trowbridge; Warminster Library; Salisbury Library
- 27 September - Chippenham Market Place; Tisbury Leisure Centre
Our Health Trainers in the south of the county will be promoting Eye Health Week, using the toolkit when appropriate in Salisbury, Amesbury, Tisbury, Mere, Wilton and Tidworth, at their normal library drop ins.
Social Barriers Solutions are also hosting an event on 26 September from 10am until 4pm at Salisbury Playhouse where the toolkit will once again be used for people who may need it.
Vision Matters says there's lots that can affect your eye health:
Studies show that what we eat can affect our vision. Antioxidants can help to prevent retinal damage. One anti-oxidant which is hugely beneficial is lutein.
Foods recommended for eye health include:
- Broad leaf greens such as kale and spinach
- Brightly coloured fruit and veg such as corn, carrots, orange sweet peppers and oranges
- Oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel
Exercise and eyesight
- Lack of exercise contributes significantly to several eye conditions, particularly amongst people aged 60 and over. Exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss from narrowing or hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes.
- Find out more about exercise and eyesight (Royal College of Ophthalmologists PDF)
- Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to serious health conditions which can have a detrimental effect on your eye health.
- After ageing, smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing macular degeneration.
- Smoking also increases your risk of developing cataract
- Find out more about smoking and your eyes (NHS Choices)
- Protecting your eyes from the sun is very important and should not be underestimated. Under no circumstances should you ever look at the sun directly. Your sunglasses should have the CE mark on them which ensures that they are giving you the right level of ultraviolet protection