Hear. See. Do More in 2020: Tips for better eye and ear health

Jan 15, 2020 in Eye Tests

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Book a sight and hearing test with us this month, and find out our top tips for the best ear care and eye health throughout 2020.

In just a few weeks, we’ll all be watching the daffodils come up, winter frosts melt away and listening out for the sounds of hatching birds at the bottom of the garden.

Springtime walks, day trips, Sunday lunches are great opportunities to catch up with family and friends, so we’ve put together our top tips for keeping your eyes and ears in check so you don’t miss a thing in 2020.

Tips for better ear care

The best ear care begins with a hearing test. This allows audiologists to provide the right hearing advice, and start treatment if any hearing loss is detected. We know it’s a busy time of year, so if you’re struggling to find the time to visit in-store you can take our 60-second online hearing check.

We’ve just had one of the noisiest times of year with New Year Fireworks and big family get-togethers for Christmas. Did you know that noise-induced hearing loss is the second most common cause of hearing loss in the world, affecting as many as 20% of the UK population? Remember to wear ear plugs at loud events and listen to music at no more than 60% of full volume this season.

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There’s no doubt that New Year can be the most productive time of the year, but it can also be one of the most stressful too.

Stress can be a cause of tinnitus and while there’s no known cure for the condition itself, reducing stress and controlling anxiety levels can be a great help.

So, remember to take time to look after you, your eyes and ears in 2020.

Tips for promoting good eye health

For the optimum in eye and ear health, opt for a sight and hearing test this season. Just like getting your ears checked, having your eyes tested regularly will allow optometrists to give you the best advice and treatment.

You should aim to have them tested every two years, but don’t be afraid to go sooner if you develop any pain or problems with your vision in-between checks.

It’s also important to keep your eyes shaded from the sun. While we might only think to reach for our sunshades in summer, the sun can be just as harmful to our eyes in the winter.

It can reflect off snow and water, bouncing harmful UV rays into our eyes. As our eyes are up to 10 times more sensitive to UV rays than our skin, it makes sense to have a pair of UV-rated, CE-marked sunglasses to hand if you’re out driving or walking this winter.

Now is a good time to start thinking about resolutions for 2020. The health risks of smoking are widely reported, but we often don’t think about the effect it can have on our eyes. The truth is smokers are at a higher risk of developing both age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Both of these conditions cause gradual sight loss and while there’s treatment available for macular degeneration, it cannot be cured. If you’re looking for a way to improve your eye health in 2020, giving up smoking could be a good New Year’s resolution.

Book an eye or hearing test today

To make sure your eyes and ears are in tiptop condition this Christmas book an eye and hearing test with us at Leightons. Call us to book an appointment on 0800 40 2020, book online or pop into your local branch.