- Eat a balanced diet including fresh fruit and vegetables
- In particular eat leafy green vegetables.
- Use good quality sunglasses, look out for 99% to 100% of both UV/A and UV/B Radiations, to protect your eyes from sunlight.
- Get your eyes tested at least every two years and more frequently if necessary.
- Stop smoking.
- Speak to your Doctor for information about vitamin supplements.
- Use the correct eye protection when doing DIY.
- Follow the appropriate guide lines when using VDU screens.
- Attend your annual diabetic eye screening appointment.
- Speak to your diabetic eye clinic if you notice changes to your vision.
- Keep control of sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol to reduce the risk of diabetes-related sight loss.
- Attend your diabetic clinic or GP surgery for regular diabetes health checks, including blood pressure and cholesterol monitoring.
- Know your family eye health history.
- Clean your hands and contact lenses properly to avoid risk of infection.
Most sight-threatening diabetic problems can be managed by laser treatment if it is done early enough.
Regular eye checks and the right treatment may reduce sight loss related to Glaucoma.
- Wait until your vision has deteriorated to have an eye test.
- Be afraid to ask questions or express fears about your treatment.
- Smoke, smoking increases your risk of sight loss. Your GP can tell you about NHS stop smoking services in your area.