World Book Day - How to keep your eyesight healthy

Wednesday, 28 February 2018
World Book Day - How to keep your eyesight healthy

Calling all book worms, World Book Day is upon us! If you need a prescription to see and read, it is important to pay attention to your eye health. So, we’ve compiled a list of suggestions to help you maintain healthy and happy eyes.

Of course, everyday should be World Book Day. Literacy is an important part of learning and development for both children and adults, and reading shouldn’t stop once one has finished their academic studies.

World Book Day was originally founded by UNESCO in an effort to promote reading, publishing, the upholding of copyright and the protection of writers and their work.

In the United Kingdom, the day is recognised every year on the first Thursday of March. While World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995, the United Kingdom did not official mark the day until 1998. Children around the country were generously given a £1 book voucher to put towards buying a book and it has been gleefully celebrated every year since.


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Eat foods that encourage good eye health

There are many foods that can both encourage and maintain good eye health. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, anchovies and tuna all contain a fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid which is found in the retina. Omega-3fatty acids have also been found to protect adults from age-related macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome by reducing inflammation

Orange fruits and vegetables get their colour from betacarotene – a sign of vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to absorb the light energy that passes into the eye and to adjust to low light levels at night, this is what people mean they say eating carrots helps you to see in the dark!

Leafy greens such as kale and broccoli are also loaded with zeaxanthin and lutein, which lower the chances of developing  AMD and cataracts.


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Go for regular eye checks

It’s recommended that you attend eye checks at least one every 1-2 years. Eye check ups are not just for giving you a prescription should you need one, they’re also about taking a look at your overall eye health and may be able to highlight other potential health problems. For example, hypertension (high blood pressure) can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina, the area at the back of the eye where images focus.  

Also remember that eye tests for glasses and contact lenses are different and result in two different prescriptions. You must get tested separately for both, and cannot use one in place of the other. Many people try to base their contact lens prescription on their glasses prescription, only to find they cannot see when they order their lenses.


Learn to recognise common eye problems

Many people delay getting their eyes checked despite experiencing difficulties with their sight. They either brush the problem off, hoping it will resolve itself, or often don’t recognise what the problem is. Children in particular may find it difficult to express that they are struggling, so it is important for parents to be able to spot the early signs of common eye problems.

Headaches, blurred vision and continuously feeling the need to squint are classic signs of common refractive errors such as myopia and hyperopia. They are also signs that if you have already been diagnosed with these conditions, they may have worsened.

Most common eye problems are easily diagnosable with an eye test and also easy to treat.



Wear sunglasses when necessary

Once the summer time rolls around and the sun comes out, our moods tend to go up as we enjoy the hotter weather, however we must ensure that we take care of our eyes and protect them from UV rays. Feel Good Contacts stocks an incredible range of authentic designer sunglasses from every top designer brand. Linda Farrow, Gucci, Ray-Ban and Superdry – we have a price range and style that will suit you. Exposure to UV rays commonly causes cataracts, which can require a surgical procedure to remove.

The summer time or when in warm climates aren’t the only times you should wear sunglasses. Also available in our range are sports and snow goggles for those who may participate in activities in the snow. Snow reflects UV rays which can lead to snow blindness, however with the correct protective eyewear you can be sure your eyes are kept safe. 


We hope you enjoy World Book Day and are encouraged to read all year round. Tweet us at @feelgoodcontact and tell us what you’re currently reading.



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