Dry eyes? Sore eyes? Itchy eyes? Blurred vision? Headaches? Fatigue? Your eyes could be screaming for a rest. Just as your back needs a break from the office chair and your feet need freedom from shoes, so do your eyes need some time out.
Working, learning and socialising online has characterised life during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are anything like everyone else in the rest of the world, you have spent more time staring at screens in 2020 than ever before.
Enjoy the sunshine
Its summer and it is good for you to get outside. A healthy dose of sunshine is a free source of vitamin D which has all sorts of great benefits for your body. Vitamin D helps your body to use calcium more effectively, improves immune system function and is important for brain function.
When you’re outside, whether lazing on the beach, playing sport or driving, remember to protect your eyes with a good pair of sunglasses. Eyewear should provide protection against both UV-A and UV-B rays and ideally be polarised. Polarised lenses neutralize glare and also help to filter out the harmful effects of UV light.
If you are going to be driving long distances, you will benefit from polarised lenses as they help reduce glare and reflections from the surface of the road. Fashion eyeglasses bought at the local beach shop typically won’t offer this level of protection.
Give your eyes some TLC
A great way to relax your eyes is with a warm compress. Dip a cloth into warm water, close your eyes and place the warm cloth over them for a few minutes. This can also help to alleviate dry eyes. Even just lying down with your eyes closed for a few minutes can do wonders for your eyes.
Of course, getting adequate sleep is a way to relax your tired eyes. A lack of sleep can affect your eyes, causing symptoms such as twitching, dry eyes, blurry vision, and pain. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep before and after driving long distances. And, try to get at least seven hours sleep a night – it is holiday time after all.
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