COVID-19, Lockdown & Your Eyecare Needs
COVID-19 and lockdown, the two words we're probably all tired of hearing and seeing mentioned over the last year. If you haven't been already, you're probably more than likely getting irritated and agitated living out the same days. I know I felt this way, especially this time in lockdown, but you're not alone, we're all in the same boat and we're all in this together.
So, how have you all been and how are you coping? I know times have been incredibly difficult and this was undoubtedly one of the most surreal things we've all gone through at the same time, but that doesn't mean you should neglect your eye care. I know that for many of us, we worked from home during this pandemic, spending most of our working weeks sat behind our phone or laptop, taking zoom calls, sending emails back and forth, and learning how to use work systems from home. Moreover, most of us spent an alarming amount of time on technologies like phones, computers, laptops, iPads, etc. as a form of something to do. Don't get me wrong, it's been amazing to have this escape from reality, especially with the addicting app TikTok (we've all been there for Jason Derulo's "savage challenge"). We've all been adjusting to this new form of normality and so have our eyes.
This time spent staring at screens has definitely put a strain on our eyes from time to time, but there is no reason to overlook any signs that you may need an eye exam. Your eyes are an important part of your health and wellbeing and we are still here for you.
We know how busy hospitals and the NHS have been throughout this pandemic, and we are proud to say that we offer all staff free NHS eye tests. We also know the hesitation many of you have faced in deciding to seek medical attention. First and foremost, we want to stress the importance of seeking medical help if you notice symptoms that could be alarming. We have listed below key symptoms that should be seen urgently, so if you are experiencing one, please book an appointment or contact us immediately if it is an emergency. If you're calling out with our opening hours and it's urgent please call NHS24 on 111.
1. A sudden fall or loss of vision
2. Sore, red or swollen eyes
3. Experiencing flashes of light or sudden spots of light
4. Seeing two of everything (sudden onset double vision)
In order to further care for our patients, we have also compiled a list of top tips on how to prevent an eye emergency, which can be seen below. Please keep this list in mind to help keep your eyes safe.
Pinder's Top Tips list for Helping Prevent an Eye Emergency:
1. Call us straight away if you have a pre-existing eye condition that you know flares up and are experiencing symptoms.
2. Pay attention to your health and safety. Keep your eyes protected when you perform any activity or job where particles could reach your eyes. I know there is a surge in DIY renovations and gardening, so keep those eyes protected when grass strimming or stripping the walls.
3. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly to help prevent eye infections from hand to face contamination. Pay extra attention if you are a contact lens wearer. Make sure to clean your glasses regularly too.
4. Take screen breaks! Staring at a screen for long periods of time can cause eye strain and headaches so follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look 20 metres away for 20 seconds.
5. Use eye drops regularly if eyes feel dry or gritty.
Pinder Eyecare is dedicated to your health, safety and eye care. All our practitioners wear the necessary PPE equipment and follow all COVID-19 safety rules, which not only makes you feel safe and comfortable, but also welcome and well looked after when you attend your appointments.
As always, we are here for you and will continue to offer our support to all existing and new patients. Please remain safe in this uncertain time and seek medical help if you need it. We even have our online booking system now to make things easier for you. All you have to do is go to our ‘book an appointment’ page and follow a few quick steps. If you have any medical emergencies or queries please give us a call at your earliest convenience. We are just a phone call away!