Our sight is one of the most important senses and is so central to our daily lives that it is easy to take it for granted. Unfortunately, there are over 100 different conditions which affect the health of the eyes and nearly 2 million people in the UK are living with the consequences of sight loss. So if you have difficulty reading, seeing clearly in dim lighting, or have pesky little floaters suspended in front of the eyes, it’s time to take steps to slow the progression of vision loss. Regular eye tests are crucial to spot problems early and adults over forty are advised to have an eye test every two years. Also, check your family history - if a close family member has glaucoma or cataracts you may be entitled to free eye check-ups. Your diet can offer some defence against age-related conditions - eat oily fish, leafy greens, and yellow and orange coloured foods which are rich in antioxidant vitamins and a vision-supporting compound called lutein. It’s also important to get regular exercise to protect against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, both of which are known to increase the risk of eye disease. For more top tips to maintain healthy vision and ward off eye disease read our latest health articles.

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