Staff from Lisburn Specsavers will join other experts at a Health and Wellbeing Fair held at Lisburn Square on Tuesday 24 April from 10am - 1pm.

Shoppers and visitors will be provided with advice and free ear plugs from the Specsavers optical and audiology team who will be on hand to talk about how to look after eye health and hearing.

Jill Campbell, optometry director explains how to monitor your eye health: ‘As well as having regular eye examinations there are positive ways to help you enjoy good vision for longer.’

Protect your eyes from the sun

‘Never look at the sun directly, even when something exciting is happening, such as an eclipse. Doing so can cause irreversible damage to your eyesight and even lead to blindness. Several studies also suggest that sunlight exposure is a risk factor for cataracts.

‘Wearing a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses can help to protect your eyes from UV rays. Look for dark glasses carrying the CE mark and the British Standard BS EN 1836:2005, which ensures that they offer a safe level of ultraviolet protection.’

Give up smoking

‘Compared with non-smokers, smokers are much more likely to develop cataracts (cloudy patches that develop in the lens of your eye) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) where light sensitive cells break down causing blurry vision.’

Keep active

‘Whilst it might seem odd that exercise can help the eyes, it can be important. Research shows that exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss, which can occur as a result of high blood pressure, diabetes, and narrowing or hardening of the arteries.’

Get your five a day

‘A healthy, balanced diet with a wide variety of fruit and vegetables will benefit your overall health and may keep the retina healthy.’ Drink within recommended limits ‘Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of early onset AMD.’

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