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Maintaining New Year’s resolutions can benefit eye health

M&S Opticians has told patients that more exercise and an improved diet can reduce the risk of developing eye conditions

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Marks & Spencer (M&S) Opticians has highlighted how New Year’s resolutions focused on exercise and diet can help to reduce the risk of developing age-related eye conditions.

Its message to patients noted that exercises, such as walking, running and cycling, can benefit eye health because more oxygen and nutrients are being carried around the body, including eyes.

It added that a balanced diet, which is rich in antioxidants and contains Omega 3, is linked to a lower prevalence of age-related macular degeneration and improving symptoms of dry eye.

Optometrist at M&S Opticians, Mohammed Bhuta, said: “Eye health is determined by a combination of factors, including diet, exercise, lifestyle and genes. Although we can't influence our genes, there is no doubt that leading a healthier lifestyle after indulging over the holiday period improves your overall health but sticking to resolutions a little longer can benefit your eye health too.”

“Your eyesight and eye health changes over time so it is important to book in regular two yearly eye tests. An eye test is quick and simple, with our opticians able to give an almost immediate indication of any vision impairment,” Mr Bhuta added.