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National Eye Health Week

Eat Well Live Well poster for National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our eyes.  

David Cartwright, chair of Eye Health UK, the charity responsible for organising the National Eye Health Week (NEHW) campaign explains: “NEHW provides a unique opportunity for everyone involved in optics to join forces and inspire people to take positive steps to keep their eyes and vision healthy as well as preventing avoidable sight loss.  Delays in people seeking treatment during lockdown and reduced capacity in optical practice mean it’s important that those with greatest need are prioritised. This year’s National Eye Health Week will seek to mobilise those that are experiencing problems with their vision or eye health and encourage them to seek help from their local eye care practitioner.”

Some simple tips to look after your eyes include:

  • Get your eyes tested regularly and visit your optician if you notice any changes to your vision
  • Eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight
  • Be active
  • Stop smoking 
  • Wear sunglasses that protect you from UV rays
  • Spend time outdoors
  • Follow the 20:20:20 rules when working on screens for a long time
  • Wear safety goggles when doing DIY to protect from injury
  • Regularly wash make-up brushes and bags to stop bacteria building up.

For more information about looking after your vision visit www.visionmatters.org.uk