Did you know that 80% of blindness can be avoided through prevention or treatment? Eye Care Awareness Month is from 23 September to 18 October this year and this initiative ties in well with our focus on protecting and enhancing your wellness. We want to emphasise that simple eye care measures (like tests) are critical to your health and wellbeing. This is also why we have discount on eye glass lenses and frames.
7 simple ways to take care of your eyes
When it comes to eye care, prevention is always better than cure:
- Visit an optometrist or doctor regularly and don’t ignore problems with your eyes.
- Protect your eyes from damage or scratches that can lead to infections by wearing proper eyewear when working with dangerous equipment.
- Wear a hat with a brim and sunglasses to block out harsh ultraviolet sunlight.
- Take regular breaks from your computer screen to help minimise eyestrain and prevent the development of eye-focusing problems.
- Strengthen your eyes by eating green leafy vegetables, fruit and other foods with antioxidants. You can also take vitamins and minerals known to promote eye health, like vitamin A, C, E and zinc.
- When you reach 60, start going for a comprehensive dilated eye exam every two years to check for signs of age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma or other vision disorders.
- Quit smoking: Smoking often promotes eye diseases because it reduces the blood flow to your eyes and can increase the amount of toxic substances that your eyes absorb.
We want to help you look after your eyes
You can get 20% discount on your frame and eyeglass lenses when you visit an optometrist in the Discovery Health Optometry Network. The discount is immediate at point of sale and will help you preserve your Medical Savings Account. The benefit is available to Discovery Health Medical Scheme members (excluding KeyCare members) and members of selected Schemes administered by Discovery Health.
The discount is only applicable to hardware items such as frames and eyeglass lenses and excludes contact lenses and professional services (consultation and eye-examination fees).
Department of Health celebrates Eye Care Awareness month by encouraging members of the public to visit an eye care professionals to have their eyes tested and checked for decreased vision; eye pain; drainage or redness of the eye; double vision.
World Health Organisation encourages Health Departments to introduce comprehensive eye care services that to need to become an integral part of any primary health care and health systems development.
Evidence suggests that people with vision problems are more likely than those with good vision to have diabetes, poor hearing, heart problems, high blood pressure, lower back pain and stroke, as well as have increased risk for falls, injury and depression.
The following can lead to healthy eyes:
. Eating healthy foods that include and have vitamins c, vegetables, oranges and other fruits.
. stop smoking
. wearing correct sunglasses