A young boy having an eye test. A clinician is holding up a piece of equipment to his face.

How much do you value your sight? 1 in 5 people across the UK fear losing their sight over losing any other sense. To mark World Sight Day, experts at Moorfields Eye Hospital share advice for looking after and loving your eyes.

1. Know your eye drops

If you’ve been prescribed eye drops for your condition, remember to follow instructions on administering them. Aiming eye drops at the correct angle or squeezing containers can be difficult. Ask for help if you need it, this can prevent further complications.

Know Your Drops video to help people with eye drops

2. Don’t wash or shower with your contact lenses in

Avoid wearing contact lenses in the shower or when swimming to reduce your risk of eye infection. And be sure to buy your contact lenses from a registered practitioner.

3. Eat a balanced diet

Eating a healthy balanced diet and drinking a moderate amount of alcohol can reduce your risk of developing common eye conditions. Eye friendly nutrients are found in many fruits and vegetables.

4. Seek help to stop smoking

Smoking causes damage to the eyes, which can be prevented. If you quit smoking your risk of developing eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration begins to decline. 

5. Take regular breaks from screens

Screen use has become a way of life, by taking breaks this will help to prevent eye strain and dry eyes. Prolonged use can lead to blurred vision and headaches. Set up your screen in the correct position, take the time to blink and have regular breaks.

6. Have regular sight tests

It is recommended that you have an eye examination once every two years. This will identify any problems with your vision and can prevent further sight loss. Did you know children aged under 16 qualify for a free NHS-funded eye test?

An eye examination is an essential health check and helps to keep you and your eyes healthy.