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Prepare your eyes for Summer!

1 October 2021


Summer is nearly here, and with it comes the need to keep your eyes safe! Make sure that you follow these steps to avoid damage to your eyes. We all know that a sunburn or two is unavoidable, but we can make sure our eyes don’t suffer too!

Healthy Diet

Protecting your eyes starts with the food on your plate. Regularly eating foods that are nutrient-rich with omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamins C and E can help fight off age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts. By regularly eating leafy green vegetables, fish, eggs, nuts and citrusy fruits, you can be sure you’re ingesting enough nutrients to support your eye health.

Proper UV Protection during Summer

From polarized sunglasses to wide-brim hats, be sure to properly accessorise your eyes and face before stepping into the bright summer sun. Here’s a tip: choose sunglasses that block 99-100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays to help protect your eyes. Polarized lenses also help in reducing glare while you’re driving. UV exposure is one of the most common causes of Pterygiums ( also known as surfers eye). A pterygium is a benign growth on the surface of the eye, which is often triangular in shape. When left untreated it can interfere with your vision.

Abstaining from Smoking

Cataracts are one of the leading causes of vision loss in the Australia, and the leading cause of blindness in the world. Amongst numerous other negative effects smoking has on your health, it also increases your risk of cataracts. Not only are smokers much more likely to develop cataracts than non-smokers, but they are also at risk of developing cataracts at a younger age.

Regular Optometrist Visits

Visiting your optometrist regularly can help protect your eyes from diseases and disorders; many ailments are preventable and can be corrected if detected early on. The recommendation from professional eye specialists is annual eye exams for everyone over the age of 60, and bi-annual exams for adults between 41-60 years to check for developing eye or vision problems.

Eye Inclusive Health Insurance

It’s estimated that more than half of all Australians need vision correction, but there are thousands more who are not seeing life to the fullest because they do not have corrective eyewear. If optical extras is included in your policy, you can visit your local optometrist and they can assist you with purchasing new glasses using your health insurance. Or if you are fed up with wearing glasses and it is impacting the convenience of your life then make a booking with Hunter Laser Vision for a laser suitability assessment.

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