Care for your eyes

Eye Care Tips

Caring for the health of your eyes doesn't have to be difficult. These tips can help you maintain your eye health.

Regular check ups

Experience your health through the eyes of a medical professional. Did you know that an eye test is one of the only ways to view your blood vessels without invasive surgery?

Eye tests are much more than just checks to see if you need glasses. They can alert you to range of health concerns, from diabetes to high blood pressure. We recommend people of all ages have an eye test every two years. Most examinations are covered by Medicare as long as you hold a valid Medicare card.

Look for signs of changes in your vision

If you notice yourself holding print closer or further away, it may be time to have your eyesight tested. Headaches and/or fatigue may also indicate that your eyesight abilities have changed.

Slide on sunglasses

Australians appreciate the importance of 'slip, slop, slap', but sliding on a pair of UV-protecting glasses is every bit as important. At GMHBA Eye Care, we recommend protecting your eyes from UV light exposure just as you do your skin.

All sunglasses stocked by GMHBA Eye Care meet the Australian Standards (AS1067).

Environmental factors

Air conditioners in our homes or offices can have a drying effect on eyes, which can cause irritation. If you suffer from dry eyes, lubricating eye drops or a humidifier can counter the effects or dry air.

Computer use

Having the right ergonomic setup for your computer and desk is just as important for your eyes as it is for your neck and back. Make sure your screen is the correct distance away so you don't have to strain to read the text and always look away from your screen every 20 minutes by focusing on something on the other side of the room for 20 seconds.

Eating well

Foods that are rich in antioxidants and nutrients can help protect your eyes from conditions such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Try to eat foods rich in vitamin C and E, omega-3 fatty acids and lutein. For example, fish like tuna, salmon and sardines is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Alternatively, consider taking fish oil supplements.

Leafy greens such as spinach and kale are full of lutein, and broccoli, peas and avocados are an excellent source of antioxidants. Aim to include oranges, grapefruits, lemons and berries in your eating regime because they are high in vitamin C.

If you opt for colourful fruit and vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, capsicum, pumpkin, corn, strawberries and cantaloupe, you will be equipping your body with nutrients for your eyes. Other dietary inclusions that help with eye health are legumes and whole grains.

UV Protection

Long-term UV radiation exposure can damage the eyes. The Cancer Council Victoria recommends wearing sunglasses all year, not just in summer. Excessive UV exposure to the eyes can cause short-term complaints that may lead to serious damage.

Short-term complaints include irritation, sunburn to the cornea, swelling and excessive blinking. Long-term effects can be cataracts, cloudiness of the lens, and even skin cancer on the eyelids or the conjunctiva (the white part of the eyeball).

All sunglasses sold in Australia must meet the Australian/New Zealand standards for Sunglasses and Fashion Spectacles. Wearing sunglasses that meet the standard’s requirements for effective sunglasses ensures your eyes have adequate protection against UVR damage. Ensure you sunglasses are rated category 2 or 3 for adequate protection.

Using proper broad-spectrum sunglasses can protect your eyes from more radiation than simply wearing a hat. GMHBA Eye Care offers a range of sunglasses, as well as frames suitable for transition lenses and prescription fashion sunglasses.

Age & Eye Sight

As we age, our eye muscles age too, and often cause unavoidable eyesight changes that may require reading glasses or corrective lenses.

Presbyopia is very common and affects most people during their 40s. If you find yourself holding a newspaper further away to read, or squinting at the computer screen, this may be what is taking place and you should see your GMHBA optometrist for an eye test as soon as possible.

Other forms of change to the eye are less common, such as cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma, which also increase in risk as you age.

Getting regular eye health check-ups and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help look after your eyes, and are your best defence against age-related vision loss.

Kids Vision

Eye disorders are one of the most common ongoing health problems for kids, so it is very important to have your child’s eyes tested regularly to ensure they can perform to their best ability.

GMHBA Eye Care provides testing that caters to the needs of each child so their consultation is as comfortable and interesting as possible. This includes teaching them how to take an active role in their own eye health.

GMHBA Eye Care offers a range of sturdy, fashionable frames for children of all ages. By choosing from our range can be confident that your child’s eyes are protected for school and play.