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  • Writer's pictureRichard Kadri-Langford

Vision Really Matters - National Eye Health Week 2023

In a world saturated with screens and digital devices, our eyes are working overtime, often taken for granted until a problem arises. National Eye Health Week which is just around the corner serves as a timely reminder of the precious gift of sight. This annual event, which takes place from September 18th -24th, is an opportunity for us to reflect on the importance of eye health and to explore ways to protect and preserve our vision for a lifetime.

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This year, National Eye Health Week holds even more significance as we navigate the challenges posed by the digital age. With the increased screen time in our daily lives, the strain on our eyes has never been greater. It's crucial to prioritise eye health and make conscious choices to protect our vision.

Regular eye exams are a fundamental part of maintaining eye health. During National Eye Health Week, we encourage everyone to schedule an eye check-up with their optometrist or eye specialist. Early detection of eye conditions can prevent serious vision problems down the road.

2 million people in the UK suffer from significant daily life-impacting sight loss, with half of it being avoidable.. [1][2]

Tips for Healthy Vision that you can start today:

  • Protect from UV Rays: Sunglasses aren't just a fashion statement; they shield our eyes from harmful UV rays.

  • Balanced Diet: Nutrient-rich foods like leafy greens, carrots, and nuts can help maintain eye health.

  • Screen Breaks: Give your eyes a break from screens by following the 20-20-20 rule—every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

  • Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration ensures that your eyes stay moist and comfortable.

Individuals interested in participating in the discussion can begin by exploring the convenient eye health and vision assessment tools accessible on the Vision Matters website. However, it's important to note that these tools are not a replacement for a comprehensive eye examination by a qualified eye care professional.

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Ultimately, Occuity's plan is that our technology will also allow for the screening and monitoring of chronic health conditions such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s through the analysis of subtle changes within the eye. Discover our technology here.

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