Twinkling lights, tinsel-covered trees and a general abundance of red and green are all part and parcel of Christmas fun. It would be a shame to miss out on any of it due to poor eye health or injury. Winter weather, the uptick in festive drinking (of the alcoholic variety) and the hazards of decorating can all put your eye health at risk. That’s why we’ve put together 5 top family eye care tips to help you enjoy healthy vision this Christmas.
1) Stay hydrated
With an abundance of Christmas festivities to attend, you may find yourself drinking more alcohol than usual, which has a dehydrating effect. Add in harsh, dry windy weather and the central heating turned up high and your eyes may be feeling drier than usual. Drinking lots of water will help them stay fresh and well-lubricated.
2) Protect your eyes
Will you be letting off some fireworks this Christmas? Or maybe your children will be out in the garden with sparklers. Make sure you stay a sensible distance away and supervise your children to avoid any nasty injuries.
3) Beat the glare
In the winter months, the sun is lower which makes glare from the morning or afternoon sun stronger. If you’ll be driving to visit family and friends, make sure you protect your eyes from glare by wearing a pair of sunglasses or glasses with an anti-reflective coating when driving. Also, pull over for regular breaks to rest your eyes during long drives.
4) Wear glasses
For many people, cold and windy weather or having central heating on means watery eyes. Wearing glasses every now and then to give your eyes a break from contact lenses, could help to ease these symptoms.
5) Eat well
The last of our Christmas tips is to make sure you also include foods that are good for your eye health, such as foods rich in omega-3 fats and/or Vitamins A, C and E. These include oily fish, walnuts, chia seeds, citrus fruits and dark green, leafy vegetables.
Follow these 5 Christmas tips from our experts to help you and your family enjoy healthy vision this Christmas. If you have any concerns, Bagot Opticians, your opticians in Kendal Windermere, Grange and Penrith, is here to help. All you need to do is contact us for advice or to have your eyes checked out by one of our experienced optometrists!
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