Your Eyecare During Lockdown

During each lockdown, you’ll likely have noticed dryer eyes, issues with your focus and your eyes getting tired quicker. This is due to extended screen time. Every aspect of our lives has been crammed into our homes. If you’ve been working from home, you’ve likely relied on your computer and phone to keep contact with colleagues and clients. Furloughed workers have also probably been using a screen a lot more, whether that’s staying occupied on the computer or binge-watching shows on the TV. You need to make sure you’re taking care of your eyes and I have a few tips for you.

1.      Reduce Screen Time

I know this may seem obvious but unless you make a conscious effort to do this, it probably won’t happen. Working from home you probably go straight from sitting at your laptop to sitting in front of the TV or scrolling through your phone. Doing this means that your eyes aren’t getting a break from looking at screens. If you think about it, when working at the office your eyes would have been given a rest on the commute home and they are no longer getting this.

It’s important to keep this in mind for children too. When at school they would have had breaks away from the computer during most classes and during break times. But now they are home and all of their learning is online. This means that you need to make sure their eyes getting to look at something other than a computer screen or the TV.

2.      Treat Dry Eyes

Extensive use of screens can lead to dry eyes because they encourage you to stare at one spot more and reduce your blink rate. You should be sure to look after your eyes if they do get dry. Some tips for eyecare during lockdown for dry eyes include:

·         Keeping hydrated – Drinking plenty of water will ensure that your body is hydrated enough at all times

·         Take breaks from the screen to rest your eyes

·         Get plenty of sleep - This gives your eyes more time to rest

·         Some eye drops and ointments can help

We offer Dry Eye assessments so if this becomes a concern, book an appointment with us and we can assess the best course of action for you.

3.      Use Proper Lighting

Making sure you have good lighting in your home is essential. If you can’t focus on your screen properly or you can’t see your book whilst reading, you’ll be unable to focus properly. This in turn will cause eyestrain. A vital part of eyecare during lockdown is making sure you can see properly.

For example, it might be nice to sit near a window whilst working on your laptop. However, if the sunlight outside is brighter than your computer screen, your eyes will have to work harder to focus on what you’re looking at. If you don’t want to have the main lights on all the time, investing in a simple table lamp can help a lot.

4.      Look After Your General Health

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind but looking after your general health will do wonders for your eyecare during lockdown. It all starts with a balanced diet and giving your eyes the nutrition that they need. Foods that are rich in Omega-3 and vitamin C & E help to lubricate your eyes naturally. This includes fish, chia seeds, walnuts and soya beans. Additionally, consuming other foods like leafy vegetables, dairy products, eggs, carrots, and fruits are also good for your eye health.

5.      Consider Other Eyecare Solutions

Being home all the time has led to a lot of people deciding to undertake DIY projects at home. This could include simply repainting a wall, or completely refurbishing a room yourself. Although this is great for keeping active and will benefit your mental health, you need to look after your eyes too. A vital part of eyecare during lockdown is making sure you use the right equipment. If you are going to start a DIY project, please be sure to use correct safety goggles for protection. The last thing you need is drips of paint or large amounts of dust ending up in your eyes!

What if I need eyecare help?

If you find yourself needing professional eyecare help, don’t worry, we’re still open! If you have any concerns or have started to notice any symptoms the best course of action is to see an optometrist as soon as possible. We’re here to help, and you can call us on 01452 410494 if you have any questions. You can also use our easy online booking form to book your appointment.

We are now open and ready to see you once again … 

 

Many thanks for bearing with us while we had to temporarily suspend some of our usual services.

We hope that you and your family are well following the Coronavirus crisis.

 

We’ve made some changes …

In order to keep you safe and ensure your visit to us is a comfortable and convenient as possible, we have made some changes to the practice.

Full details are listed below but one thing that will never change, is our determination to deliver you fantastic eyecare in a warm and friendly environment.

Please be assured that the health, safety and well being of you, our wonderful patients and our fantastic staff, are paramount.

Please take a few minutes to read the following changes that we have made for your safely, comfort and convenience.

 

Before you arrive …

✓ Please book your appointment online or by phone

✓ Bring a mask (we have supplies if you don’t have one)

✓ Bring your own pen

✓ Arrive on time (not too early)

✓ Come alone (or you can come with 1 other person)

✓ The optician may call you to discuss any individual needs

✓ Bring a complete list of medication and your most recent prescription if you have it 

 

When you arrive ….

✓ The door will be locked – don’t worry we will let you in

✓ Your temperature will be taken

✓ You will need to sanitise your hands

✓ You will need to put on your mask

✓ You may need to put on gloves

✓ We will ensure you have social distancing

✓ We have placed some dividing screens in various areas

✓ Our practice staff will be wearing PPE

✓ All spectacle frames are fully sanitised between use

 

After Care …

✓ We will book an appointment for you

✓ We can post your spectacles to you

✓ We can arrange a home visit if preferred

 

Our new extra cleaning regime includes …

✓ Deep cleaning of practice daily

✓ All equipment sanitised between patients

✓ All spectacle frames triple sanitised

✓ Controlled process throughout

 

Any questions, please just call us and we’d be happy to explain.

01452 410494