Look after your eyes when travelling and working abroad
26 February 2018
Getting your eyes tested regularly is the key to good eye health. Most optometrists will recommend an eye test at least every two years, but when travelling and working abroad this can often lapse.
Vision care should be taken seriously. Regular eye tests can identify how well your vision is working or if glasses or a change in prescription are required. A test can also show up other eye and general health problems such as cataracts, glaucoma or high blood pressure and diabetes.
World Glaucoma Week takes place between 11 and 18 March 2018. This year’s campaign, Beat Invisible Glaucoma (BIG), aims to raise awareness for the need to visit an optometrist regularly. This is a progressive eye disease that can be spotted early on, preventing damage to vision and even blindness. It is estimated that over 11 million people worldwide will be diagnosed with Glaucoma by 2020, and as there are no obvious symptoms in the early stages of the diseases development, a regular eye test is important.
Many of us, including globally mobile people, take our sight for granted and we expose our eyes to many different environments and risks that can cause damage. To help avoid this Generali Global Health offers vision care, including annual check-ups, as part of our Global Choice benefits.
So, as we focus on our eyesight for World Glaucoma Week, we should also look at ways of protecting our eyes. These are some of the ways our eyes can be damaged and tips that can help to avoid it:
Sunlight gives off ultraviolet radiation: UV-A and UV-B. UV-A can affect an eye’s central vision by damaging the macula at the back of the eye. UV-B rays are absorbed by the cornea and lens at the front of the eye and can be even more harmful than UV-A. Always protect your eyes with sunglasses with a good quality lens that protect you from 100 per cent of UVB and UVA rays or UVA 400.
Air Pollution and smog can dry eyes out and cause irritations. Wherever possible avoid pollution by not going outside. If you are out in smoggy conditions where eye protection and avoid being out for long periods. Clean the eyes if you have been out and avoid rubbing them.
Computer and mobile screens give off ‘blue light’. Whilst the levels of radiation from blue light are small, problems can arise from excessive use, especially when a screen is too close the face for long periods. Take a break from staring at a screen and if possible use eye protection for blue light, an optometrist can advise about the best lenses for this.
Whatever the circumstances, it’s vital that eye health is managed properly and eating a healthy and balanced diets of fruit, green leafy vegetables and fish rich in Omega 3 will also help.