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THE TEN HEALTHY SIGHT HABITS

From choosing the right sunglasses to make-up hygiene, there’s more to healthy eyes than regular tests (but that’s definitely a good place to start)

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FRANCESCA MARCHETTI is a self-employed, independent optometrist and councillor for the Association of Optometrists (aop.org.uk)

1 YOU GOTTA WEAR SHADES

UV rays are a catalyst for serious eye conditions including cataracts, macular degeneration (the macula is an area of the retina, at the back of the eye) and cancer – so sunglasses are important for your health, as well as preventing wrinkles. Buy from a reputable retailer to be sure sunglasses give 100 per cent UV protection: look for the CE and British Standard EN 1836:2005 marks. Vintage sunglasses or cheap holiday or market buys may not be UV-inhibiting and this can be worse for eyes than not wearing them, as your pupils will dilate in the darkness and let more UV rays in. If you have a favourite pair you’re not sure about, an optician may be able to check their UV protection levels and reglaze if necessary. Wear whenever the sun is bright and definitely if it’s a day when you need sun protection on your skin.

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