How to look after your eyes in a pandemic

FG Contacts Feel Good Team
Monday, 11 January 2021 Share this blog: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Copy link Copy Link

As well as getting regular eye tests, are there extra steps you should be taking to maintain good eye health during a pandemic? There are some steps you can take to ensure your eyes are healthy.

Only touch your eyes with clean hands

As always, to keep eyes healthy, you should avoid touching them. If you have to touch them, make sure you've washed your hands first, especially if you're outside and you've been touching surfaces like shopping trollies or traffic light buttons.

Protect against digital eye strain

We’re all spending more time than ever in front of digital screens, causing our eyes to work even harder than usual. Whether it be a laptop for work or relaxing in the evenings in front of the TV. Many of us are scrolling more on social media too, if not to alleviate boredom then to stay in contact with those we can’t be with at this time during lockdown. All that extra screen time reduces our blink rate, causing dry, tired and strained eyes.

Take regular breaks from the screen and make a conscious effort to blink more often. Keeping hydrated throughout the day will also help to keep your eyes lubricated and comfortable. If you still want to enjoy screen time in the evenings without disrupting your sleep, you can try wearing blue light glasses.

Will too much screen time damage my eyes?

No, staring at screens all day will not damage your eyes, it will however cause eye strain. Dry and tired eyes can feel uncomfortable, but your eyes won’t be harmed. Read our article on computer vision syndrome to find out more about how to achieve digital wellbeing.

How to look after your eyes in a pandemic

Switch to glasses

While we’re all spending most of our time at home, it might be easier to give your contact lenses a break and switch to glasses. We have a broad range of stylish glasses from as little as £12. More affordable prices and a larger range of choice are just some of the many reasons to buy your glasses online. Don’t worry about foggy glasses during your weekly food shop either; our AB Mask Anti-Fog Cloth will keep your lenses fog-free.

Make your font larger

You can increase the size of your font on e-readers, mobile phones and computers. Reading a larger font will help minimise eye strain; you should also ensure your brightness isn’t set too low or high. In a web browser, if you press and hold ‘ctrl’ and then press the ‘+’ icon, you can make your screen bigger, increasing the font.

Keep your desk area clean

Coronavirus has made us all more aware of the places we frequently touch. From phone screens and light switches to door handles and of course, your keyboard. If you aren’t regularly cleaning your keyboard, lots of bacteria can harbour there. This bacteria is transferred to your hands which can easily get to the eyes as we unconsciously touch our faces throughout the day.

A regular cloth and disinfectant are enough to keep your keyboard clean. If you have the type of keyboard with deeper set keys, a can of compressed air to help push out the debris that can get stuck between the keys. Try to clean your keyboard and mouse at least once a week.

Protect your eyes outside

Although we're not getting out much, we need to protect our eyes from UV rays when we do. Even on cloudy days UV light can still penetrate through, so always leave the house with a pair of shades. It's important to minimise exposure to UV light to reduce the risk of developing eye conditions like age related macular degeneration which can cause sight loss.

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