This year’s National Eye Health Week will take place from 24 to 30 September 2018, promoting the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.
National Eye Health Week is about healthcare professionals joining forces to encourage more people to have regular sight tests and make lifestyle choices that benefit their vision and general well-being. NEHW raises awareness of how we can improve the UK’s eye health, contribute towards a reduction in avoidable blindness and enhance people’s everyday lives.
50 percent of sight loss is avoidable and as a result individuals must have an eye test at least once every two years.
Looking after your eyes:
Studies show that what we eat can affect our vision. Antioxidants can help to prevent retinal damage. One anti-oxidant which is hugely beneficial is lutein.
Lack of exercise contributes significantly to several eye conditions, particularly amongst people aged 60 and over. Exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss from narrowing or hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to serious health conditions which can have a detrimental effect on your eye health.
After ageing, smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing macular degeneration, consequently increasing your risk of developing cataracts.
Protecting your eyes from the sun is very important and should not be underestimated. Under no circumstances should you ever look at the sun directly. Your sunglasses should have the CE mark on them which ensures that they are giving you the right level of ultraviolet protection.
Eye Protection at work:
PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.
Eye injuries in the workplace are very common and as a result more than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day. About 1 in 10 injuries require one or more missed workdays to recover from. Of the total amount of work-related injuries, 10-20 % will cause temporary or permanent vision loss. Experts believe that the right eye protection could have lessened the severity or even prevented 90% of eye injuries in accidents.
What NDM Health and Safety can do to help you:
All organisations are required by UK law to have access to competent health and safety advice, and those with 5 or more employees to have a written health and safety policy and documented risk assessments.
NDM H&S can assist with all your health and safety requirements, offering a tailored service designed to meet your individual needs, from one-off ‘health check’ audits and ad-hoc requirements to provision of all health and safety documentation and on-going support contracts. This flexible approach provides smaller organisations with a cost-effective way to meet their legal requirements.
Our consultants have many years’ experience of implementing health and safety management systems within a wide range of industries.