Is Vision Your New Year’s Resolution?

The New Year has landed and with it a host of the same-old-same-old resolutions to get fit, lose weight and keep a rein on spending. Perhaps you’ve signed up for the gym again, cleared out the biscuit drawer and made batches of vegetable soup? Perhaps you’ve snipped up a few of your credit cards, turned the heating down a notch and donned another jumper?

But have you ever thought about making a resolution to improve your family’s eye health?

Here at Optikal Opticians in Finchley and Optikal Opticians in Temple Fortune, we’re committed to providing our local communities with the best clinical eye care and to ensuring we maintain optimum visual health across the generations. Our eye test in Finchley is one of the most comprehensive in the area, allowing us to monitor your eyes for the earliest symptoms of diseases such as glaucoma, macula degeneration, and diabetes, in addition to checking for even the slightest changes to your prescription.

With our over-reliance on technology, bung-in-the-microwave meals, and desk-bound workdays, it’s easy to forget the damage we might be inflicting on our eyes on a day-to-day basis. One in six Brits haven’t been to the opticians since childhood, and even fewer of us take steps to actively keep our vision healthy. But imagine what life would be like without it.

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Our experienced team of optometry experts is always on hand to advise you on how best to look after your eyesight alongside our modern lifestyles. Here’s a compilation of their top five resolutions to boost your visual health in 2017:

1. Eat Green

You may have already decided to spruce up your diet this year, but did you know that leafy greens contain a bunch of essential vitamins and nutrients proven to benefit your eyes? Seasonal leaves such as kale, spinach, cavolo nero and chard are packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and K, all of which lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

2. Exercise More

Signing up to the gym in January is a bit of an old cliché, but did you know that exercise can benefit your eyesight as well as your waistline? Regular cardio activity lowers the intraocular pressure in your eyes, as well as improving blood flow to the optic nerve and retina.

3. Digital Detox

Laptops, tablets, and smartphones pose an immediate threat to your eye health. Staring at screens for long periods in a day can lead to digital eye strain, dry eye and can even put you at greater risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. Make sure you take regular breaks from your computer at work and get more face time with family and friends.

4. Get Outside

In the modern age, we spend most of our time indoors, but it’s important for you and your family’s eye health to get some quality time outside. Exposure to natural light may be vital for your kids’ eye development, and so long as you wear UV-protective sunglasses fresh air will do you and your vision a world of good.

5. Book an Eye Examination

Last but not least, get your eyes tested at a registered optician practice. Many common eye diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma don’t show visible symptoms until it’s too late, whereas the state-of-the-art technology we use in our eye test in Finchley allows us to identify the earliest warning signs. National guidelines recommend adults get their eyes tested every two years, while children and those over 70 should book annual examinations.

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So if you want to give your eyes a fresh start in 2017 and are looking for an optician in Finchley or an optician in Temple Fortune, book your eye examination with Optikal Opticians today.