As Men’s Health Week draws closer (10th – 16th June 2019), men across the nation are being encouraged to take more action to improve their health. With 250 people losing their sight every day in the UK, Feel Good Contacts, the UK’s leading online contact lens retailer, has provided essential tips for men to maintain good eye health. However, this needn’t be drastic changes, as small steps taken every day are effective in prolonging clear and healthy eyesight!
Recent reports reveal that men are 16% more likely than women to be diagnosed with vision loss and 80% of vision impairments can be easily prevented. This highlights the importance of ensuring people are well informed of the various elements that can be a danger to their vision.
Ashish Mathur, Eye Care Specialist at Feel Good Contacts explains, “according to a study by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), men visit their GP four times a year compared to six times for women and are generally less likely to take advantage of primary care services, including community pharmacies. It’s vital for men to have regular health checks and that includes eye checks and make use of the correct eye care products which will enable them to prevent common causes of vision impairment.”
1) Protect your eyes from the sun
Dangerous UV rays emitted by the sun can threaten the health of our eyes and cause many common eye conditions. Reports from Johnson & Johnson state that eye protection is not worn for more than 30% of the time spent outdoors. This may explain why cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world due to excessive sun exposure damaging the eyes. Cataracts are a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens and core focusing mechanism.
UV light contributes to the formation of pterygium which are fleshy growths that develops over the white area (sclera) and invades the cornea. Photokeratitis, also known as corneal sunburn or snow blindness, is the result of short-term exposure to high levels of UVB rays.
Make sure your sunglasses are appropriately labelled and offer at least 99% UV protection. Glasses with larger and darker coloured lenses offer maximum protection against UV rays. Feel Good Contacts stock a wide selection of designer sunglasses that are both stylish and protect your eyes against the sun.
2) Take a break from digital screens and apply your blue light filter
Screens from our digital devices including mobile phones, tablets and laptops emit blue light which reduces the secretion of our body’s sleep-inducing hormone – melatonin. Applying the blue light can help you to get a restful night’s sleep and reduce eye strain. Using Blink Refreshing Daily Eye Drops will ensure your eyes are revitalised from those long days in front of screens.
3) Take control of eye allergies
The most common airborne allergens are mould, pollen, dust and pet dander. Check the pollen count in the morning to gauge how at risk you may be, if pollen count is high stay indoors or away from areas with open fields of grass and flowers. Wrap around style sunglasses from Feel Good Contacts can help protect your eyes from pollen and allergens.
Similar to eye drops, Blink Refreshing Hydrating Eye Mist is a refreshing mist which adds a dose of hydration and relief for dry and irritated eyes. The spray is useful for contact lens wearers and non-lens wearers alike. Feel Good Contacts recommend wearing a fresh pair of daily contact lenses each day during high pollen seasons as airborne allergens can get stuck to the surface and aggravate your condition.
4) Cut back on the extra cups of coffee
Research shows that drinking 5 or more cups of caffeinated coffee causes eye pressure to increase. This can increase the risk of developing glaucoma where your optic nerve is damaged thus leading to loss of vision.
5) Stop smoking or significantly reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke each day
Smoking can increase the chances of developing Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). This is a common condition that wears out the macula (the central part of your vision), causing distortions and even blind spots in your central vision.
Smoke from cigarettes contributes to dry eye syndrome and reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches your eyes. Exposure to cigarette fumes also breaks down the lipid layer of the tear film, interfering with the production of your tears and causing dry eye symptoms, such as redness, sore eyes, irritation and swelling. Feel Good Contacts offer a variety of eye drops/gels that can help reduce the feeling of irritation.
6) Wear contact lenses when participating in sport
Wearing contact lenses means that you are provided with an improved field of vision, with no frames getting in the way of your peripheral view. Your lenses won’t fog up or get dirty and you have the freedom to run about without having to worry about spectacles slipping off your face. Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are a great fit for most active lens wearers as the highly breathable material allows up to six times the amount of oxygen to reach the eye than with most other contacts. As well as keeping your eyes moist and fresh, they’re extra resistant to protein build-up, which reduces the risk of picking up any dirt or potential irritants during the game.
About Feel Good Contacts
Established in 2008 by qualified optometrists, UK based, Feel Good Contacts (feelgoodcontacts.com) is one of the UK’s leading online suppliers of discounted contact lenses and eye care products. It is also the only UK company to offer this discounted service via a mobile app. The matrix below shows the price per contact lens box charged by Feel Good Contacts compared to high street opticians.
The company has been striving to improve its green credentials both at its London based offices and warehouse and is now one of the first online contact lens retailers to actively participate in reducing plastic waste with the recycling of contact lenses.
|Contact Lens Brand||Price Per Box||Savings Yearly vs Specsavers||Savings Yearly vs Vision Express|
|Acuvue Oasys for Ast.||£24.89||£90.00||£126.00|
|Air Optix Colors||£15.50||£54.00||£54.00|
|Air Optix for Ast.||£16.50||£48.00||£192.00|
|Dailies AquaComfort Plus||£13.49||£24.24||£108.24|
|Proclear Toric XR||£26.49||£52.08||£64.08|
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