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What impact does your lifestyle have on your eyesight?

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Your eyes can go through a lot in one day. After all, your eyes are essentially cameras, designed to send information to your brain about the world around you. As that world becomes increasingly busy, it can take a toll on your eyes. So, how can your lifestyle and other factors affect your eyesight?

Today’s world is fast-paced, with many of you no doubt having on-the-go lifestyles that include everyday tasks like work, running errands and socialising. If you aren’t taking proper care of yourself, a busy schedule can impact your health in many different ways, including your eye health. By learning more about the effects of your lifestyle choices, you can take proper care of your eyes and maintain healthy vision.

Spending a lot of time indoors

Whether it’s down to the dreary British weather or just having an endless list of jobs at home or work, it’s easy to spend a lot of time inside and less time outdoors. Natural light can be very important for your eyes to function properly. In children, a lack of time outdoors may increase their chances of developing short-sightedness.

Typically, time indoors is spent using digital devices, including watching television or looking at computers, tablets and smartphones. Three-quarters of the British population even dual-screen, use a device while watching television! This close-up focusing for prolonged periods can impact your chance of myopia and you could even experience something known as eye strain.

A person watching television whilst looking at their phone screen

Eye strain is closely linked to the use of digital devices, as it entails focusing on something at a near distance. The signs of eye strain include headaches, eye fatigue, blurry vision or sometimes even neck and back pain. Symptoms subside after you have taken a break, but it can be uncomfortable for a short period.

Lens solutions such as Eyezen have developed purposely to tackle this, making sure you can continue with your favourite tasks without suffering. So, if your job involves hours at a computer or using social media, choose lenses that support your vision and prevent eye strain.

Getting older

Getting older is a natural part of everyone’s lives and, while it’s not something you can stop, you can learn ways to manage the changes that come with being older.

Your eyesight can change as you grow older, particularly into your 40s and beyond. This is known as presbyopia and happens because the lens in your eye becomes less flexible, making it more difficult to see things close up. It is also sometimes known as age-related long-sightedness.

It’s simple to manage presbyopia with the right lenses. Varifocal lenses have proven incredibly effective, allowing you to see near, far and in between through one lens. What’s more, there are different types of varifocal lenses to suit lifestyles such as Varilux Road Pilot for driving and Varilux Digitime for computer use, making your visual experience more comfortable than ever before. If you’re always on-the-go and multi-tasking opt for a varifocal design that keeps up with your lifestyle and doesn't slow you down.

Person multi-tasking working at computer, writing in book, looking at coffee cup and phone

Alcohol and smoking

You already know that lifestyle choices including drinking alcohol and smoking can impact your health, but it also affects your eyes. Too much alcohol can result in blurry vision and increasing occurrences of dry eye in the short term. In the long term, over-consumption of alcohol can increase your risk of eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

Similarly, smoking can increase the risk of eye health problems. Smoking is also linked to cataracts and macular degeneration. If you do smoke, it is even more important to visit your optician regularly, as they can pick up on any signs of eye disease during a routine eye examination.

Too much time in the sun

While it is good for your eyes to be outside in natural light, it’s important to protect them from UV light. Too much UV light can cause health problems for your eyes and maybe a contributing factor to cataracts and photokeratitis.

Protecting your eyes from UV light has never been easier thanks to lens coatings like Crizal. While most of the visible light spectrum is essential for your wellbeing and general health, some of it can be harmful; just like you can burn your skin, it can also damage your eyes. However, Crizal coatings for your lenses can help to filter out harmful light and stop UV rays from passing through your glasses and into your eyes.

Crizal Prevencia can provide an E-SPF rating of 35; the highest index on a clear lens*.

So, no matter what lifestyle you lead and how busy it is, there is no excuse for not keeping your eyes healthy with our range of innovative lens solutions.

*The E-SPF® index depends on the lens material itself and the coating. E-SPF® is a global index rating the overall UV protection of a lens. E-SPF® was developed by Essilor International and endorsed by 3rd party experts. Lens performance only. The E-SPF® index excludes direct eye exposure that depends on external factors (wearer’s morphology, frame shape, position of wear). E-SPF®=10 for Crizal® Prevencia lenses with Essilor Orma 1.5®.

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