Hints and Tips

The eyes are the windows to the soul, but a significant number of people aren’t getting their eyes checked regularly.

Research carried out by Southern Cross shows that a third of New Zealand adults haven’t had their eyes tested in the last four years, however optometrists recommend that people have an eye test every two years.

One way to help encourage employees to make eye health more of a priority is to run an onsite eye clinic at work. A screening takes just 10 minutes and checks focus, ability to see colour, peripheral vision and how well eyes work as a pair.

Maintaining good vision in the workplace and promoting eye safety is great for productivity, as it means employees achieve their best possible visual performance every day. Workplace screening makes it easy for staff to have an eye test, without having to take time off work – or rush to do it in their lunch break.

Taking care of eye health is also an important part of overall health. Screening can detect and monitor many serious conditions including diabetes, various heart conditions, high cholesterol and hypertension, as well as cancers of the eye, glaucoma and detached retina.

Diet also plays a role, with eyes benefitting from foods rich in antioxidants and omega oils, according to optometrists at OPSM.

Providing eyes with nutrients can help prevent common eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Best foods for healthy eyes*:

  • Fruit – including blueberries and strawberries, as they are rich in antioxidants, which are present in high concentrations in a healthy macula
  • Leafy green vegetables – spinach, broccoli and kale for their essential vitamins and minerals, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which are important for good retina health
  • Oily fish – such as salmon for it’s omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce the risk of high eye pressure and glaucoma
  • Eggs – for fatty acids, lutein, B-vitamins and zinc, which are essential for general eye health
  • Garlic – to enhance blood flow and boost the immune system
  • Dark chocolate – for its antioxidants and flavinoids, which help circulation and blood flow in the retina

Article courtesy of Southern Cross