Local optometrist Dr Peter Le offers an expert view on eye health during lockdown and beyond.
What would be your top tips on maintaining general eye health?
Everyone should follow proper eye health care, which includes regular eye exams, whether or not you are having any noticeable signs of problems.
With regular eye health checks, we can keep your eyes healthy, as we can detect a range of health conditions early.
Can I protect my eyesight through exercises? food choices? stop smoking?
Drink plenty of water to help keep the body & eye tissues hydrated and have a healthy balanced diet.
Many recent studies state that giving children and yourself more time for outdoor activities at least 1 hour a day can prevent myopia development and can reduce the risk of myopia by 30%.
Eyesight and screen time - best practise?
Limit your screen time and and have good ergonomics, such as proper lighting, posture and keeping the recommended working distance.
You can also follow the 20/20 rule - every 20 mins you look 20 feet away for 20 sec. It takes a full 20 seconds for the eyes to relax.
How do I know that I need a new prescription?
- Headaches are one of the earliest signs of change, they can indicate eye strain.
- Squinting is a natural way to improve focus and clarity, and you may not even realize you’re doing it until your eyes and head begin to hurt.
- Eye Fatigue or strain may be one of the clearest signs that your vision has changed especially with reading or prolonged use of digital devices.
- Blurred Vision can occur in one or both eyes and can be due to a severe change in your vision.
Will my eyesight worsen if I don't get a new prescription?
If you don't wear glasses when you should, your eyes will be straining too much. It will make your eyes worse faster. Short-sighted people with untreated eyes may lead to high myopia, and the risk of sight-threatening diseases such as macular degeneration, cataract, retinal detachment and glaucoma.
Without surgery, are there any techniques to improve my eyesight? (long/short sightedness)
For short-sighted people we have eye treatments that can help stop your eyes from getting worse, such as -
Overnight contact lenses that safely correct your vision when you sleep. No need for glasses and contact lenses during the day.
MiSight Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses with a Clever ActiveControl Technology allows children to see clearly while slowing their myopia progression and eyeball growth, worn during the day.
MiyoSmart lenses are innovative spectacle lenses for myopia control. With Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments technology work to curb myopia progression on average by 60%*.
Atropine eye drops
The use of Atropine diluted eye drops is a topical pharmaceutical method of reducing the progression of myopia (short-sightedness) and is particularly useful for candidates who are at risk of high myopia or pathological progressive myopia.
Do cheap sunglasses cause more UV damage to eyes than not wearing anything at all?
Glasses that don’t block UV rays may offer some relief from visible light and reduce your need to squint, but the additional exposure to UV can be harmful.
A very dark pair of sunglasses will open your pupil size from half a mm to 5 or 6 mm. With this enormous increase, you’re allowing much more harmful light into your eyes than if you didn’t wear the cheap sunglasses at all.
Will carrots help improve my night vision?
Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which is important for a healthy diet. But eating carrots religiously, will not improve your eyesight….
Your optometrist will help you improve your eyesight!
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