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Healthy Eyes

At Westgate Optical we have found that most people are not aware of what steps to take to prevent serious sight problems like Age-related Macula Degeneration, Cataracts or Diabetic Retinopathy so we have put together our top ten tips for healthy eyes:

Have regular sight tests
Here at Westgate Optical we have experienced, friendly and professional Optometrists who we will ensure you are given time and care you deserve for your eyes.

Wear Prescribed Spectacles
Our staff will ensure you are prescribed and dispensed the correct spectacles for your needs, whether you require thinner lenses, bifocals or varifocals, we are thorough to ensure all measurements and fittings of your frames are perfect for you. We have an excellent range of frames to suit everyone.

Avoid Dry Eyes
With reduced tears eyes become dry and sore. Central heating, air conditioning and computer use can make it worse. Westgate Optical supplies a range of drops that can help soothe irritation and reduce discomfort.

Nutritional Supplements
Consider these particularly with a family history of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Some are specifically designed for eye health such as MacuShield, which will be explained in the next page.

Wear Sunglasses
Westgate Optical have an excellent range of sunglasses, including a new designer range. These can be made to include your prescription lenses or without so you can wear tem with contact lenses.

Stop Smoking
can significantly increase the risk of developing cataract or AMD.

Eat Healthy
Lacking antioxidant vitamins like A and C is a risk factor for both cataract and AMD, include lots of omega-3 found in oily fish in your diet.

Research your family history
Many eye conditions run in families, from simple long and short sighted, to more serious diseases like glaucoma. Knowledge of sight problems can help detect a condition before it gets serious.

Take regular breaks
Close focussing on workplace tasks make eye muscles very active which can cause tiredness and headaches. Let your eyes relax every hour or so, look across the office or out of a window

Better safe then sorry
The sudden onset of symptoms like blurred vision, flashing lights, floaters or eye pain might, in rare cases, indicate a problem which needs treating. So have a check as soon as possible.

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