We spoke to two of our optometrists Hannah and Andrea to share how to look after your eyes this year.
What are your top tips for keeping your eyes healthy this winter?
H: The sun is often more dazzling and debilitating in the winter - I therefore recommend sunglasses as a necessity when driving in winter sun. Central heating can also intensify the feeling of dry eyes. Try lowering the temperature as much as possible and open windows for airflow, even if only for a short period of time. You can also help humidify the air using a humidifier or even a simple bowl of water near a radiator.
What are the most common mistakes people make taking care of their eyes?
A: The biggest mistake is people not taking care of their eyes in the first place. Often people only think of an eye test as an afterthought when buying a new pair of spectacles. But it should really be the other way around. Like the rest of your body, it’s important to have a check-up, and we recommend our customers to book an eye exam every two years. Eye exams can also be the first point at which symptoms of certain diseases like diabetes are discovered, so even more reason to get yourself booked in.
With many people working from home, we want to know how impactful staring at a screen all day can be to one's vision?
A: How would you feel running 10 kilometers without stopping? Exhausted probably. If you pace yourself well and slow down for water breaks then you’ll reach the finish line in a much better state. The same goes for your eyes - without taking regular breaks and giving your eyes a real rest, they will start to strain.
Like training for a 10K is there any exercises we can be doing to protect our eyes from the increased screen time?
H: Remember the 20/20/20 rule - every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away and blink for 20 seconds. Our eye is a muscle - when we stare at a screen we are completing a muscle contraction, so taking regular breaks is important. Looking further away allows that contraction to stop and remembering to blink for 20 seconds allows the surface of your eye to naturally be lubricated again and reduce the dry eye sensation.
Lastly what’s the most interesting facts about eyes you have learnt?
H: The eye is the most active muscle in your body and you spend a total of 599 days of your life blinking.
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