How to keep your eyes in tip-top shape

They say the eyes are the window to your soul, so let’s find out how we can keep them in tip-top shape

Even if you’ve got perfect vision, eye care is something we should all be keeping sight of now that we’re spending more time than ever looking at our screens (cheers, lockdown 3.0). But what can we do to improve our eye health? And, what sort of stuff should we be on the lookout for when it comes to our vision? Here, our experts give us the inside line on how to achieve optimal optical health.

Q&A: am I staring at my screen too much?

“We’re all staring at screens much more often and for longer periods of time,” says Chris Violaris, optometrist at Specs Direct Opticians (specsdirectbarnet. co.uk).“Gone are our usual breaks and our social life also revolves around using phones for social media and watching movies. Staring at screens is precisely that. We are staring and not blinking. This causes dry eyes, so try to blink every five seconds. Moisturising eye drops can be a good idea and should be used four times a day. Place them next to your computer to remind yourself to use them.“

What are the signs that I need an eye test?

“If your vision is getting worse, and objects in your vision that were perfectly clear are becoming more blurry over time, then you should definitely book an eye test,” says Chris. “If they’re not improving after eating healthy foods, staring off into the distance every 15 minutes while on your digital screen, and wearing computer glasses, then seek professional help.” Here are some clues you might need to book an eye appointment sooner rather than later.

Signs that you need an eye exam are:

  • Twitchy eyes
  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Difficulty in focusing
  • Squinting at the screen
  • Moving too close to the screen
  • Blurred vision
  • Reduced concentration

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