Most people want to maintain good eyesight. However, few are aware that drinking too much alcohol or having a bad diet could have a detrimental impact on their vision, and could result in them needing contact lens cases prematurely.
In an Optegra survey of more than 2,000 people, only 21 per cent said they regular eat foods that are known to be good for eye health, including oily fish, green leafy vegetables and blueberries.
Not only can an unhealthy lifestyle have negative consequences for the skin, teeth, liver, lungs and heart, it can also affect eyesight.
Dr Clare O’Donnell, head of Optegra Eye Sciences and a registered optometrist, advised Brits to ward off any deterioration by regularly having eye tests. She said: “These are vital to detecting early signs of potential problems and should be attended at least every two years unless advised otherwise.”
In addition to drinking, poor hygiene habits such as not removing eye make-up at the end of the day, sharing eye make-up, and going to bed without taking contact lenses out could all affect vision.
A report released in the Ophthalmology Journal in 2012 revealed those who occasionally wear their lenses while asleep are 6.5 times more likely to contract keratitis, an inflammation of the cornea.
Dr O’Donnell said even washing hands after using public transport could limit eye infections.
Furthermore, direct sunlight and too much time staring at computer or television screens can both have detrimental effects on vision over time, so it is wise to wear good-quality sunglasses and take breaks from the screen every so often.