Top Five Spring Eye Care Tips
It’s Spring and longer days have already got us yearning for summer! After a winter of central heating, cold air and low light conditions, your eyes must be crying out for a bit of TLC. Here are our top eye health tips to help you get them in perfect shape to make the most of the new pair of designer sunglasses you’ve got your heart set on.
Banish Dark Circles
The old wives’ tales are true – cucumber, tea bags and even just cotton wool balls soaked in chilled water can all do wonders when your eyes are tired and those dark circles feel like they’re never going to shift. Simply place either the cucumber slice, damp tea bag or cotton ball over your eyelids and relax for 10 -15 minutes. This simple solution will make a world of difference to your eyes.
Remember to Blink
It might sound crazy but it’s been proven that many people blink up to 60% less when they’re working in front of a digital screen compared to other situations. Blinking is important to maintain healthy eyes because it distributes oils and moisture to prevent them from drying out, and also stimulates the production of tears to wash away any dust or debris.
Blinking less when using a screen for prolonged periods of time contributes to the ‘sandy’ eye feeling that we sometimes experience. Follow the 20-20-20- rule: look away at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds and don’t forget to blink!
This is specifically for new eye make-up! We all know not share make up with other people, but did you know that even your own makeup can degrade over time?
Most products are packed full of preservatives and are unlikely to become seriously contaminated, but keep an eye out for any strange smells or textures – that’s definitely a sign you need to go shopping. Why take the risk? Replacing your makeup in accordance with the manufacturers guidelines means you can also keep up to date with the latest makeup trends and colours. Sounds like a win-win situation to us!
Keep Covered Up
Wearing sunglasses might be something that we only really think about during summer, but when the sun is low in the sky, spring sunshine and glare can be just as damaging for your eyes. Buying your sunglasses from a reputable opticians practice means you’ll have the assurance that your shades are offering you 100% protection from both UVA and UVB rays and also means that you can get your sunglasses made up to your current prescription. So remember, sunglasses aren’t just for summer, they’re for a lifetime!
Regular Eye Tests
Finally, and most importantly, you should make sure you schedule regular eye tests. Having one every two years is recommended; your optician will let you know if you need to see them more frequently than that. They will be able to advise about your eye health and will also check thoroughly for other underlying health conditions that may go otherwise undetected.
At Optical Studio, we are passionate about the health of your eyes and making sure our patients know exactly how to take good care of their eyes. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us today.