The windows of the soul, your baby-blues, your peepers… Whatever you call them, there’s no doubt that your eyes are one of your most important possessions. In fact, some estimates suggest that as much as 80% of the information we receive from the world around us comes through vision.

It makes sense, then, to look after your eyes as well as you can. We’ve put together a few tips to help you do just that.


Regular checkups are essential. The problems caused by eye disease can occur slowly and sometimes you may not even notice the symptoms. Early detection increases the likelihood of successful treatment and may mean you save more of your sight.

For those with good eye health a trip to the optometrist every two years is generally sufficient. Those with diabetes, or a family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration, and people who wear contact lenses should have yearly checkups.

Eye Injury

Protect against eye injury. At work, at sport, even when you’re gardening, your eyes are at risk from flying debris, hurtling balls and splashed chemicals. Wear safety glasses or, even better, safety goggles. Normal spectacles do not provide adequate protection as they leave too much room for foreign objects to enter the eye.

Healthy Diet – Healthy Eyes

Keep your eyes in tip top condition with a healthy diet. The nutrient lutein, found in dark green leafy vegetables and egg yolk, the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, omega-3 fatty acids and zinc have all been shown to have beneficial effects on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of irreversible vision loss.

UV Protection

Protect your eyes from the sun. Over exposure to ultraviolet radiation increases your chances of developing cataracts, pterygium and age-related macular degeneration. Choose sunglasses that block 100% UV rays and wear a hat too – it’ll reduce the sunlight that makes its way around the sides of your sunglasses.

Look After Your Retinas

A healthy lifestyle will pay dividends in eye health. Exercise can lower high blood pressure – a cause of retina damage and vision loss. The chemicals in tobacco smoke also damage the retina. Quitting will keep you seeing longer.

You Only Get One Pair

Close your eyes. What do you see? So, spend a little time and energy on regular examinations, a healthy diet and lifestyle, and adequate protection – those baby-blues will thank you in the long run.

Learn more about macular degeneration in this video.

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