10 Eye facts you need to know
It’s the seventh annual National Eye Health Week from 19th – 25th September 2016 and leading Ocuplastic, Mrs Sabrina Shah-Desai reveals 10 facts about eye health…
1 Did you know, 10% of adults have never had an eye examination and 20 million fail to have regular sight tests? Everybody should ensure sight tests are part of a healthcare routine and most people should have one every two years.
2 Love is actually in the eye of the beholder because the pupil of your eye expands, as much as 45% when you look at someone you love.
3 Never wear sunglasses that look amazing but don’t offer any UV protection. Why? If sunglasses offer shade, but don’t offer UVA and UVB protection, they’ll cause your eyes to dilate as your eyes think it is darker, allowing more harmful rays in.
4 The iris of your eye has 256 unique characteristics compared to a fingerprint, which has 40. This is a reason that iris scans are increasingly being used for security purposes.
5 A few ‘blinking’ facts you may not know! The average blink lasts for about 1/10th of a second and on average you blink 17 times per minute, 14,280 times per day and 5.2 million times a year.
6 Diet can also affect our vision with antioxidants helping to protect retinal damage. Foods recommended for good eye heath include:
- Kale and spinach
- Carrots, sweet peppers and oranges
- Oily fish
7 Eyes need to relax especially as most of us spend up to eight hours a day looking at electronic screens. Simple eye yoga exercises can provide comfort and relaxation to tired eyes and can be practiced anywhere and any time to revive and rejuvenate dry, sore eyes. Here’s how:
- Look up and down five times and close the eyes.
- Open the eyes, look to the left and right five times and close eyes.
- Open the eyes, look to the upper right and the lower left five times and close again.
- Open the eyes, look to the upper left and lower right five times and close again.
- Finally, rub your palms firmly together and lay them on your eyes.
8 Just like protecting your skin from UV rays you need to protect your eyes too as potential damage from UV rays includes sunburn on the eye’s surface, cataracts, macular degeneration and even cancer of the eye and surrounding skin. In addition, this delicate skin is the first place we form wrinkles. Protecting the eye area keeps us looking younger for longer.
9 Sight loss is more common than you think with 1/30 people in the UK living with sight loss and with 1.43 million people aged 65-84 also living with sight loss. An interesting forecast is that by 2050 4 million people will be living with sight loss.
10 Look after your lashes because each eyelash has an approximate life span of 5 months and it is estimated that we lose 1-4 eyelashes per day. Also eyelashes take 2-4 weeks to grow 1 centimeter.