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National Eye Health Week 2021- ‘Vision Matters’

National Eye Health Week is all about promoting the importance of maintaining good eye health, and as part of this year’s theme of ‘Vision Matters’, we are encouraging people from all walks of life to take better care of their eyes and to be more aware of having regular sight tests. Regular sights tests are an important part of maintaining healthy eyes, but there are other things such as your Diet, Exercising habits and even the sun that you can do to maintain healthy eyes.


Diet

Awareness of the link between diet and good eye health is low. A poor diet can put your eye sight at risk. Vitamins and minerals found in many fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods can protect you’re sight and keep your eyes healthy.

Foods that are good for maintaining eye health:

  • Brightly coloured fruit and veg such as corn, carrots, sweet peppers and oranges
  • Eggs
  • Oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel

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[Image Description: A poster stating ‘A feast for your eyes’ with the caption below ‘The role nutrition plays in maintaining good eye health’ and below that an assortment of healthy foods, such as vegetables and wholefoods.]


Exercise and Eyesight

A lack of exercise can greatly contribute to certain eye conditions, especially amongst older adults aged 60 and over. Exercise can also reduce the risk of sight loss.

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We offer a variety of health and wellbeing services to help you maintain not only your sight, but also your general health. Activities include weekly sessions within our popular Friday Wellbeing Group which we run both online and face-to-face sessions. To deliver a mix of arts, health and wellbeing activities based on member’s needs and interests and funding available.

If you have a visual impairment and would like to know more about our visual impairment services, please contact our list of services below:


Coventry Enablement Service- Supports residents 16+ and over with hearing and/or sight loss.

  • Tel: 07889 755102 (during office hours only)
  • Email: coventrysupport@bid.org.uk

Solihull Sensory Services- Social work, assistive equipment and rehabilitation support for people living in Solihull who visually impaired, blind, deaf or have a dual sensory loss.

  • Tel: 0121 704 7801
  • Email: solihullsupport@bid.org.uk

Leeds Sight Loss and Hearing Service-  information, advice and guidance, accessible technology and equipment support and training, mental health support, hearing aid support, Eye Clinic Liaison services, youth services and more.

  • General enquiries: 0113 288 5750
  • Tel, text or video: 07702 042 477
  • Email: leedsinfo@bid.org.uk

Kirklees (SKIES) Service- Information, advice and guidance including rehabilitation support and equipment for people with visual impairment and deafblind people living in Kirklees.

  • Tel: 01484 823198
  • Email: support@skies-bid.org.uk

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Posted 20th September 2021