How to Take Care of Your Eyes in Body
Eyes are amazing. If we're lucky, we only get one pair and transplants are still a long way off - so it's important to look after them!
Normal '6/6' vision means we can focus clearly on things with either eye that are six metres away. This used to be called 20/20 vision - clear sight at 20 feet.
Being 'short' or 'near' sighted means we can see nearby things well, but objects further away are blurry and people who are 'long' sighted tend not to be able to focus properly on objects nearby, but things further away are okay.
Getting your eyes tested regularly by an optician, usually every two years, is suggested in order to ensure they are healthy.
If you notice any changes - things getting blurry, foggy or darker, objects appearing squint or wonky - get them checked.
Eye tests are free for anyone aged up to 15 and for anyone aged 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education.
How can I look after my eyes?
We only get one pair of eyes (if we're lucky) so it's worth taking care of them:
- give them rest every 15 minutes if reading, using a screen or doing any close-up work - look at something further away
- use your specs or contact lenses if you have them
- don't smoke - it causes blindness
- fresh fruit and veg are good for your eyes - eat well
- get your eyes checked at least every five years
- wear sunglasses with UV protection
- see your doctor if you notice changes in your vision.