When was your last eye test? You might feel that whilst you don't wear glasses there is no need for you to have an eye test. The NHS recommends every 2 years (unless your optometrist tells you any different). See the NHS advice here https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/look-after-your-eyes/
What could an eye test reveal about your overall health?
It is still important to have regular sight tests because they can detect early signs of health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure as well as highlighting any changes in your vision. This article by Optical Express highlights 5 ways an eye test could save your life https://www.opticalexpress.co.uk/magazine/article/heres-five-ways-an-eye-test-could-save-your-life-this-national-eye-health-week
Has your screen time increased?
A recent report revealed that COVID-19 pushed up internet use 70% and streaming more than 12%. So many of us found ourselves using screens rather than being face to face with colleagues and students.
With so many of us spending more and more time on various screens the effects can be felt in many ways including dry eyes, headaches and blurry vision.
Give your eyes a break by ensuring you take time away from screens and whilst you are sitting in front of a computer or device make a conscious effort to look away from your screen at least every 20 minutes. By changing your focus you are allowing your eyes to have a break.
Of course it's not just screen time that affects our eyesight. Your eyehealth can be affected by
- Diet (not just carrots)
- Lack of Exercise
- The sun
There are some informative articles about protecting your eye health here http://www.visionmatters.org.uk/looking-after-your-eyes/looking-after-your-eyes
If you've been putting off the trip to the opticians because you know it will result in new glasses which is an expense you'd rather not have just yet, you could benefit from a Health Cash Plan, as it pays out towards your eyesight tests and new glasses.
It's not just about your eyes!
If you have a Health Cash Plan don't forget this gives you cash back for many of your everyday healthcare costs including your eyesight tests, dental check-ups and treatment, new glasses and contact lenses, diagnostic health consultations and therapy treatments, plus many more. There is a full list of benefits and costs here https://www.eduhealth.co.uk/health-cash-plans/
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