National Eye Health Week

Do you know how healthy your eyes are and are you looking after them? National Eye Health Week, which takes place this year from 19 to 25 September 2022, promotes the importance of good eye health and is an opportune time to take a look at your own eye health.

Run by the charity Eye Health UK, National Eye Health Week brings together opticians, optometrists, and organisations, to get people talking about eye health with lots of eye-opening events, resources, and top tips for looking after your eyes.

Tips for good eye health

Small changes to your daily routine could make a big difference to your eyes, keeping your vision clear and preventing future problems.

During National Eye Health Week, Eye Health UK is sharing great advice and information about caring for your vision and eyes, including these top tips.

  • To prevent screen fatigue whilst working on a computer, follow the 20-20-20 rule: look away from your screen every 20 minutes and focus on an object 20 metres away for 20 seconds to prevent eye strain.
  •  Outdoor activity reduces the prevalence of myopia in children. Spending two hours or more a day outdoors could help prevent your child from becoming short-sighted. 
  •  Regular eye tests, at least once every two years, are essential health checks for all. Your optometrist can spot signs of serious eye disease and some common health problems, including high blood pressure, long before you notice symptoms.
  •  Eat right for good sight. Protect your eyes from within with a balanced diet rich in leafy green vegetables, fruit, omega-3, and wholegrains to help keep your eyes and vision healthy. 
  • Keep fit for healthy eyes. Along with a healthy diet, regular exercise can benefit your eye health and reduce your risk of suffering a sight-threatening eye condition.
  • Stay cool and protect your eyes with UV400 shades whenever it’s sunny and whatever the season to prevent harmful UV damage to your eyes.
  • Take care with contacts. If you wear contact lenses, prevent eye infections by looking after them properly and never shower, sleep, or swim with your contact lenses in.

What to look out for during National Eye Health Week

A whole host of eye-related resources are available on the Eye Health UK website for National Eye Health Week from free downloadable leaflets on eyecare and eye health to Ainsley Harriott recipe cards with delicious dishes rich in eye-friendly nutrients.

Try the interactive sight loss simulator to experience the website through the eyes of someone affected by sight loss, and the eye health calculator to assess your risk of sight loss based on your lifestyle habits, genetic factors, and on-screen tests.

For the children, there’s a kids’ activity guide and an eye spy challenge with things to spot during National Eye Health Week.

Listen to the Vision Matters podcast which discusses simple steps we should all be taking to help keep our eyes and vision healthy.

Each day of National Eye Health Week will focus on a theme. Follow @myvisionmatters on Twitter for more information and tips about the topics throughout the week.

Monday 19 September – Tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II

Tuesday 20 September – Vision and Driving

Wednesday 21 September – Kids’ Eye Health

Thursday 22 September – Eye Health and the Menopause

FrEYEday 23 September – What’s Your Eye Q?

Saturday 24 September – Minor Eye Conditions

Sunday 25 September – Living with Low Vision

Keep an eye on your eye health

We recommend you have an eye health check every two years to check your eyes. Check in with us anytime for advice about eye care, or if you have any concerns about the health of your eyes.

Get in touch today to book an eye test in Lee-On-The-Solent or Wickham with one of our experienced optometrists.

Alternatively email lee@optomeyes-eyecare.co.uk or wickham@optomeyes-eyecare.co.uk and one of the team will call you back to book your appointment.