It's National Eye Health Week. Think you’re meeting the needs of your eyes? Take the National Eye Health Week quiz to see if you could be doing more.
Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know how to look after our eyes – National Eye Health Week aims to change all that!
When was your last sight test?
A) Two year’s ago or less
B) Less than five years ago
C) 10 years ago or more
How often do you think you should have your eyes tested?
A) Every other year
B) Once every five years or so
C) Only if I notice a change in my eyes
Are you a smoker?
B) I was but I quit in the last 10 years
How many servings of fruit and veg do you have on average?
A) Five servings a day
B) Two servings a day
C) I don’t eat fruit and vegetables every day
How much fish do you eat
A) Two or more portions a week
B) One serving a week
C) I rarely eat fish
How often do you give your eyes a break when working on your computer, tablet or mobile device?
A) I give my eyes a break every twenty minutes or so
B) I only look away every hour or so
C) I only look away from my screen when I grab some lunch or it’s time for bed
What’s your Body Mass Index (BMI)?
A) My BMI is normal (in the 18.5 – 24.9 range)
B) My BMI is between 25 and 30
C) My BMI is over 30
To work out your BMI:
divide your weight in kilograms (kg) by your height in metres (m)
then divide the answer by your height again to get your BMI
If you weigh 70kg and you're 1.75m tall, divide 70 by 1.75. The answer is 40.
Then divide 40 by 1.75. The answer is 22.9. This is your BMI.
Do you always protect your eyes when the UV Index rises to three or more?
A) Yes, I ensure I wear CE, British Standard or UV 400 marked sunglasses whenever the UV Index rises above three, even on a cloudy day.
B) I mostly wear sunglasses when the sun is out
C) I really wear sunglasses
How often do you exercise?
A) I have an active lifestyle and do at least two hours of physical activity a week
B) I have a fairly active lifestyle
C) I rarely exercise
When doing DIY around the house do you protect your eyes?
A) Yes, I always wear safety goggles when doing DIY
B) I occasionally wear goggles
C) I never wear safety goggles
So how did you do? If you answered
Congratulations – You’re an eye health superstar. Keep up the good work!
As and Bs
You could be doing more to protect your eyes from avoidable sight loss. Making small changes to your lifestyle and having regular sight tests will minimise your risk of suffering common eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
Bs and Cs
Your lifestyle is putting you at increased risk of sight loss. Quit smoking, watch your weight and make sure you have a sight test once every two year.
You can talk to us anytime about your eye health and any concerns you might have. Phone us on 028 9070 5787, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply call into the practice.