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Maintaining a healthy diet is the best way to ensure optimum eye health. When we’re small, our parents tell us that carrots are good for our eyesight, and this is true - but good nutrition for eye health goes much further. Foods including tomatoes, peppers and strawberries also contain caretinoids, while leafy greens such as spinach and kale, which are rich in antioxidants, all help to boost eye health. Fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help to protect against dry eyes and other eye conditions. Find out more about how diet can make all the difference to good eye health.
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Next time you’re struggling with blurred vision, you should realise that you don’t have to put up with this problem. Blurred vision can not only adversely affect your quality of life in simple ways, such as when you’re struggling to see the labels in the supermarket, but it can also interfere with your leisure activities. Mr James Ball, a consultant ophthalmologist, opened Custom Vision Clinic last year after asking patients what was important to them when choosing a clinic. As a result, patients will find that Custom Vision Clinic is located in beautiful surroundings, is easily accessible by car and has ample parking. James offers a no-obligation initial consultation to assess your visual needs and recommend treatment if required.
Early laser eye surgery in the 1970s involved infection risks and lengthy recovery times. At Custom Vision Clinic our consultant ophthalmologist, James Ball, prefers where possible to use more modern techniques such as LASIK and ReLEx SMILE™. These are minimally invasive procedures and have a much quicker recovery time, enabling patients to return quickly to their everyday activities. In addition, Custom Vision Clinic tends to treat patients in the evening, meaning they can do a full day’s work on the day of their surgery and have minimal disruption afterwards.
After undergoing laser eye surgery, most patients recover quickly and notice an immediate improvement in their eyesight. However, you must follow your consultant's instructions for post-operative care to the letter. The doctor will give you different types of eye drops to keep your eyes lubricated and to prevent infection, along with a protective mask to keep you from rubbing your eyes while asleep. You will attend the clinic after surgery for periodic check-ups to make sure that all is in order and the doctor will advise you to avoid certain activities and sports, such as swimming, for a short period. The benefit of these follow-up appointments is that there is no extra charge for them, and if a problem does arise after surgery, the consultant can rectify it quickly.
I’ve spent decades advising others how to maintain optimum eye health, but these days I find I have to follow my own advice. After my mother had age-related macular degeneration diagnosed, I realised that I was also at risk and now I make sure that I’m doing everything I can to maintain good eye health. Having the right diet, exercising and protecting your eyes in the sun are just some of the steps you can take to achieve this. Here I outline the numerous measures you can take to cut down your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
About the author
Mr James Ball | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
MA (Cantab) MB BChir FRCOphth CertLRS
I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Custom Vision Clinic, St James’s University Hospital, and Nuffield Hospital. My major interest is in refractive surgery and finding the best treatment suitable for each patient.