Eye health

Follow these 5 steps to help maintain great eye health

by Northern Life

Use the 20/20/20 rule

Take regular breaks away from computer screens and digital devices – use the 20/20/20 rule – look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes to reduce eye strain.

Pop your shades on

Protect your eyes from UV damage – wear sunglasses in full sunlight, and make sure your everyday glasses have the correct lenses, such as ZEISS UVProtect that offer the same protection as premier sunglasses in clear plastic lenses

See your optician

Have regular eye checks – particularly as you get older.  Experts recommend an eye check every two years after the age of 40.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Three factors of poor diet, smoking and alcohol abuse can lead to optic atrophy which can cause visual impairment and damage to the optic nerve cells.

Eat a balanced diet

Healthy eating is essential for healthy eyes.  Green leaf vegetables help to delay the onset of cataracts; oily fish, packed full of Omega-3, reduce the tendency for dry eyes; and zinc found in cheese, milk and poultry helps promote better vision.


Scientists at global optics organisation ZEISS have found ways to modify their clear lens materials for full UV protection – which means that now clear, all-day UVProtect spectacle lenses can offer the same UV protection as premium sunglasses – which is a step in the right direction for good eye health care. UVProtect lenses are now available in the UK.

The Science Bit …. UV rays between 380 and 400 nanometres (nm) are very intense. They are responsible for most UV-related eye damage such as cataracts, macula degeneration and skin cancer. For this reason health organisations recommend protection up to 400nm – although many of the clear lenses currently available on the market do not offer full UV protection.

Eye health

A UV camera reveals what is invisible to the naked eye. A photograph taken with a normal camera alters significantly when compared with a one taken with a UV camera. Because they fully block UV light, clear lenses with ZEISS UVProtect appear as dark as sunglasses when photographed with a UV camera.