It is a well-known fact that the way people live has an impact on their overall health, and this is also very true as far as the eyes are concerned, one expert has pointed out.
Mr CT Pillai, medical director of Harley Street vision correction clinic Advanced Vision Care, recently highlighted the importance of eye health and offered some tips for good vision care.
"The saying goes that the eyes are the window to our souls, but they are also the window into our bodies. As well as the effects on our general health that we can feel, our lifestyle choices also affect our eyesight, but too many people don’t consider this until symptoms appear," he explained.
Mr Pillai explained that not smoking, eating healthily, exercising regularly and wearing sunglasses in bright conditions are all important for healthy eyes, but these are not the only things people to remember.
According to the eye specialist, the single most important thing people should be doing is having their eyes tested regularly every two years, or every year if they wear glasses or contact lenses.
"As well as ensuring that your vision is the best it can be and that your glasses or contact lenses are the correct prescription, an eye test will detect sight-threatening conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and retinal diabetes," he noted.
Caught early enough, the progression of these conditions can be significantly slowed down or even halted, the expert said.
Whilst rare, symptoms like blurred or double vision, eye pain or headaches with vomiting can even be outward manifestations of more serious conditions such as a brain tumour, Mr Pillai observed.
Meanwhile, for contact lens wearers, a regular eye check will help to prevent infections and inflammation from problems such as dry eyes or intolerance of the lenses, the specialist concluded.