February 2021: Peter's Vision

January 26 2021

Caring for your eyes

As we’re in lockdown (again) I thought that I’d write about the things you can do to look after your eyes from the safety (and comfort I hope!) of your own homes.  I’ve been reading with interest how fellow eye care professionals across the globe have been caring for their patients.  I’ve been pleased to note that we compare very favourably with some of our good and well respected colleagues.

For your eyes, I’ll start with the basics.  Please drink a good amount of water.  Every day.  It’s easy even for us to miss this one, particularly on the days we’re home schooling!  Drinking water as well as eating a balanced diet that includes oily fish or plant based omega oils, helps ensure we have the ingredients needed for a good tear film.  When we blink, our glands are then able to release good quality tears to freshen the surface of our eyes.

On to blinking. Our research shows that our blink rate can reduce dramatically when concentrating.  My top tip here is to start blinking each time you make a repetitive action, whether for example it’s turning the page of a book or clicking send on an email.  The momentary pause whilst waiting for something to happen that doesn’t require our immediate attention (unlike a young family member who’s accidentally pressed delete on their school work!), means that we can re-learn to blink and at the same time, not miss anything important.  That’s a win win in my book.

Oh and thanks to cloud computing, I can be super Dad just now and again by recovering pages of seemingly lost work from the ether at the click of a button.  I’m sure in no time at all the children will  realise how easy document recovery is, but for now and while they're young I’ll enjoy my brief moment of glory thanks!

Another tip is to keep your glasses clean for those long hours on the computer, whether in work or at home.  It may sound obvious, but please, if your glasses have a fancy high tech lens surface (as ours do), don’t just reach for a convenient item of clothing or tissue.  It is important to use a quality microfibre lens cloth - these are designed to gently lift particles off your lenses, not smear them further as items of clothing do!

Don’t forget, we’re still here when you need us, for eye care, advice, glasses & contact lenses, six days of the week.  Just get in touch and we’ll be happy to see how we can help you.  

Times are tough for many of us, and as a thank you for choosing us for your eye care we’re offering to help you in return with a glasses voucher with your extended eye exam.  Just ask about our look in to help out offer.  

To help us keep you all safe, we’re still asking you all to telephone first to book a time to come in.  Please call our Henleaze practice on 0117 962 2474 or our Fishponds practice on 0117 965 4434.  

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Peter 

Peter Turner is a Senior Optometrist at Turners Opticians in Bristol who also works part time as a Senior Optometrist at the Bristol Eye Hospital.