Independent Opticians in Harborne

January 2016

Happy New Year to you all,

For most of us a new year means a new you, after the over indulgence of Christmas, January is a time to focus on health and well being.

While you’re busy keeping your new year’s resolutions don’t forget about the importance of your eye health.

It’s easy to neglect your eyes because they rarely hurt when there’s a problem.Having an eye test won’t just tell you if you need new glasses or a change of prescription, it’s also an important eye health check.

It can spot many general health problems and early signs of eye conditions before you’re aware of any symptoms –many of which can be treated if found early enough.

Book in for your sight test and you can take advantage of another amazing offer from, lens manufacturer, Essilor. Order any single vision or Varilux lens with an anti reflective coating and you’ll receive a free index upgrade, which in non-optom terms means you’ll get a tougher and lighter lens for no extra money.

So what can you do to be more healthy?Give up smoking

Smokers are much more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration and cataracts compared to non-smokers.

Get moving

While it might seem odd that exercise can help the eyes, it can be important. Research shows that exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss, which can occur as a result of high blood pressure, diabetes, and narrowing or hardening of the arteries.

Eat healthily

A healthy balanced diet, with a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, will benefit your overall health and may help keep the retina healthy.

Drink within the recommended limits

Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of early age-related macular degeneration.

The recommended daily alcohol limits are two to three units per day and no more than 14 units per week. Make sure you have some alcohol free days also.

Take Vitamins

A vitamin such as Nutrof or Hyabak caps can help to ward off certain eye conditions.They supply you with essential vitamins required for strong eye health but also supply you with your total body vitamin requirements. You can purchase both of these products here at Brittains.

So book in for your eye exam and get healthy this January.

See you all soon.


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