National Eye Health Week - Sight after 60
As part of National Eye Health Week, Butterflies Healthcare commissioned a survey to investigate the public perception of sight loss and its prevention.
Asking 1,000 people in the UK (conducted on our behalf by an independent company – mixed age, gender, background and location) the survey showed:
- 69% worry about their sight deteriorating with age
- 16% do not do anything to preserve their eye health
- Less than half consider a healthy diet important to eye health.
These findings were discussed during national radio interviews we participated in, as they give opticians an opportunity to offer their patients reassurance and advice. As eye experts, we are perfectly placed to give the following diet and lifestyle advice to avoid preventable sight loss during eye examinations.
If you smoke, stop.
Smoking is linked to a 3-fold increase in the risk of macular degeneration.
Reduce exposure to UV light.
Wear good quality sunglasses and a brimmed hat on sunny days to reduce UV exposure to the eyes.
Eat a diet rich in green leafy vegetables.
Spinach, kale and broccoli are all good sources of the key macular pigment lutein.
Eat a diet rich in oily fish.
Nutritional studies have found beneficial effects for oily fish and they will help lutein absorption.
Taken From Butterflies Healthcare www.butterflies-healthcare.co.uk