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Five tips for staying sparkly eyed at any age

It’s no secret that to be successful in whatever you do – whether it’s the handling of a new project at work or making a good impression with your child’s future school principal – you’ve got to look sharp. And it’s not just about what you wear, but also how observant and meticulous you are. For that, good vision is key.

Here’s how you can maintain optimum eye health and stay on top of things.

1. Quit smoking

Didn’t think smoking had a direct impact on eye health? Of course it does, just as it affects many other processes in the body. Smoking can cause cataracts, a clouding of the lens that can develop slowly in one eye, then the other, before causing blindness. It can also cause damage to the optic nerve, which can lead to loss of vision. You’ll be doing yourself a big favour if you make this first tip a priority.

2. Eat your fish and nuts

Fish and nuts contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to support the maintenance of vision health. NHS Choices recommend that a healthy diet should include at least two portions of fish a week, including one of oily fish. It’ll also do you good to take daily supplements that contain omega-3 DHA, which is highly concentrated in the retina, and helps maintain vision. Swisse Ultiplus Wild Krill Oil 1000mg contains DHA*, which contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function and vision.

* DHA: brain function & vision. The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250mg of DHA.

3. Take regular breaks

Checking your children’s homework or locked in that spreadsheet? Don’t stare at the worksheets for more than an hour at a time. Walk to the kitchen frequently to top up your cup of water and look out the window while you’re doing that, resting on an object far away. Working a desk job? Look out the window if you can, or focus your eyes on something green (preferably a tree or other plant) at least seven metres away.

4. Get enough sleep

Eye strain happens not only when you spend long hours staring at a computer screen, reading a book or driving a car, it can also be the result of sleep deficiency. And if you keep going about your days without enough sleep, you’ll soon experience dry eye: with symptoms like redness, sensitivity to light and blurred vision. If you have trouble sleeping on time, switch off all your gadgets, drink a cup of milk or chamomile tea and tuck yourself in two hours before your intended bedtime.
You can also consider taking one of the many traditional herbal remedies available that contains valerian, such as Swisse Sleep Aid, used for the temporary relief of sleep disturbances, exclusively based upon long standing-use as a traditional remedy. Always read the label. (Available in the UK from 8th August 2016).

5. See your optometrist

Get your eyes checked, and not just when you need a prescription for your eyewear! It’s recommended you go (at least) every one to three years, depending on your age and risk factors. Bring your children along and quickly tackle any eye issues that may affect their learning.