Christmas Survival Guide – Top Tips to keep your eyes healthy!
The party season is well underway and it’s nearly time to hang up your work clothes for a few days and thoroughly enjoy the festive season and all it has to offer. However are you aware of some seasonal risks and how to avoid them this season? Whether it is food, drink, or travel – we have some top tips of how to keep your eyes healthy over the Christmas period.
Every year at least half a dozen people are admitted to Moorfields Eye Hospital in London with champagne-opening-related injuries. A champagne cork is about the size of an eye socket and can be extremely painful and damaging.
Tip #1 Always put a cloth over the cork to open a bottle of the sparkly stuff
Pins and Needles
Christmas trees also pose an unlikely danger to your eyes. If when crawling around the foot of the tree feeling the presents you get a poke in the eye from a branch, immediately rinse it out with water. If it is still sore after 12 hours then visit your nearest A&E department.
Tip#2 Don’t try and get a sneaky peak at the presents under the tree….
Driving home for Christmas….
With many people taking long journeys to visit friends and family over the Christmas period, make sure you are properly prepared for the trip and have had your eyes checked recently.
New research has recently revealed that over a third of people recently admitted that they do not have adequate vision to drive; a problem made worse at this time of year with bright low sun.
Tips #3, 4 & 5
- keep up-to-date with your eye exams
- consider an anti-reflective coating on your glasses
- regularly check your eyesight by ensuring that you can clearly read a numberplate at 20m distance away.
There’s a growing trend towards wearing coloured contact lenses in both contact lens wearers and non contact lens wearers.
Tip #6 Always get contact lenses fitted by a qualified optometrist
If you are a regular contact lens wearer, don’t neglect your care regime and follow our eyecare tips:
Tip #7 & 8
- Take a spare pair of glasses with you wherever you go this holiday
- Never clean your lenses in water