20th September 2021

Our eyes are the windows to our world and allow us to see and live our amazing planet, so it’s not surprising that sight is the sense that people fear losing most.1

And yet, even after our eyes have been through so much because of the Covid pandemic, many of us don’t know how to look after them properly.1

In fact, our eyes are so complex that the only organ in the human body that’s more complex is our brain2. What’s more, our eyes can focus on 50 different objects every second and can distinguish between approximately 10 million different shades of colour3, while it’s been estimated that a person with healthy but average vision could see a candle flame from as far away as 1.6 miles.4

And if that wasn’t special enough, approximately 80 percent of all learning comes through our visual pathways.5

So bearing all that in mind, it’s super-important to look after our eyes which is the goal of this year’s National Eye Health Week (NEHW), which takes place from 20th to 26th September.

Click on the link here (http://www.visionmatters.org.uk) to find more about National Eye Health Week and how you can best look after your eyes. As well as recommending regular eye tests, there is advice on diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices, all aimed at maintaining good eye health. On the website you can also try an “Eye Health Calculator” and experience a “Sight Loss Simulator”, as well as understand how you, your friends, and your family can support NEHW.

References:
1. https://visionmatters.org.uk
2. https://versanthealth.com/blog/15-facts-about-all-things-eyes/
3. https://www.thefactsite.com/amazing-eye-facts/
4. https://www.healthline.com/health/how-far-can-the-human-eye-see
5. https://www.optometrists.org/vision-therapy/guide-vision-and-learning-difficulties/