Ask the Optician – What are the main dangers to eye health?

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THERE are many common factors which can adversely affect eyesight which we should be aware of and work to avoid. Here is our advice on keeping eyes healthy and eyesight good.


  • Computer screen usage –Excessive computer usage leads to our eyes become strained converging on one point. Anyone focused on screens for long periods of time should take frequent breaks and focus on something that is at least 20 feet away.


  • Family history of glaucoma – Glaucoma is an eye condition in which the optic nerve is damaged due to raised fluid pressure inside the eye. If you have a family history of glaucoma, it’s important to have more frequent eye tests to ensure it is spotted early.


  • Smoking – There is a significantly higher risk of eye disease in smokers and it can cause or worsen several eye disorders, in particular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which may lead to blindness. Stopping smoking can halt or possibly even reverse damage to the eyes.


  • Inadequate eye protection – Wear safety goggles when undertaking DIY, there are more than 20,000 eye accidents every year and some of these can result in blindness. You should also protect your eyes from the sun with the right sunglasses. When buying sunglasses, always look out for the CE kite mark and ensure that your sunglasses are marked UV400.


Specsavers Opticas are raising money for the ONCE Foundation for the Deaf and Blind until the end of the year and asking for a donation of just 1€ for a comprehensive eye test. Visit to find your nearest store and book your eye test.

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