Look­ing after your eyes

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FILM MAKER -

1 Avoid in­jury. If your work or sport­ing ac­tiv­ity in­volves po­ten­tial in­jury to your eyes, take eye pro­tec­tion se­ri­ously and wear pro­tec­tive glasses or gog­gles.

2 Wear sun­glasses when you are out­doors to give you pro­tec­tion against dam­age to your eyes caused by ul­tra­vi­o­let ra­di­a­tion from sun and re­flected glare.

3 Don’t smoke. Smok­ing in­creases the risk of many eye dis­eases, such as ARMD.

4 Check your blood pres­sure and make life­style changes or take pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion to keep your blood pres­sure in the nor­mal range.

5 Have eye checks reg­u­larly as part of your gen­eral health checks, es­pe­cially as you get older and if you have con­di­tions such as glau­coma or di­a­betes in the fam­ily. You can see an op­tometrist for eye checks. If you have ex­ist­ing eye dis­ease or you are at high risk, you should see an oph­thal­mol­o­gist (a med­i­cal eye spe­cial­ist). You can make an ap­point­ment with an op­tometrist di­rectly, or your GP can re­fer you to an oph­thal­mol­o­gist.

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