Sand, sea and specs… Top tips for healthy eyes this summer

New research reveals that 41% of Brits avoid having an annual eye test, and that summer holidays are a major cause of stress for glasses and contact lens wearers.

The research for Clarivu™, the proven and permanent lens replacement procedure, exposes the top three reasons Brits do not want to wear glasses or contacts on holiday:
  1. Going swimming (31 per cent)
  2. Getting sand or sun cream in eyes (16 per cent)
  3. Losing glasses/contacts while away (16 per cent)

Further reasons why Brits want to abandon their specs on holiday include having a ‘panda eyes’ sun tan (10 per cent) and not being able to see while sunbathing (12 per cent). Contact lenses are a real hassle on planes according to eight per cent of Brits who suffer dry eyes from air conditioning.

Yet despite these hassles, almost a quarter of Brits (23%) do not realise that latest eye procedures may free them from glasses forever.

Robert Morris, Medical Director at specialist eye hospital group Optegra, says: “People who wear glasses or contacts have daily frustrations, but summer holidays really do heighten the stress. The good news is there are solutions.

“Laser surgery is often a good solution for younger patients, but for the over 50s, Clarivu is a painless and proven procedure where the natural lens of the eye is replaced permanently with a technically advanced artificial lens, giving clear vision for both reading and distance, and most importantly, freedom from wearing glasses or contact lenses.

“It is concerning, however, that so many are avoiding getting their eyes tested. Like your car’s MOT, an annual check-up is vital to expose early warning signs. It’s the best way to alert you to conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease or age-related macular degeneration…the earlier we spot them, the more we can do to treat them.”

Julie Roberts, 52, from Reigate, wore glasses for over 20 years. Since having Clarivu, she is now free from glasses. She says “I was always so jealous of my family on holiday – going off to snorkel, when I had to wait around for them. There was no point joining in, I couldn’t see a thing without glasses, and could not wear those underwater!

“However, since having Clarivu, I can see perfectly without glasses. So we have booked the holiday of a lifetime, and are off to the Maldives so I can snorkel and see the beautiful sea life in its entire colour. I just can’t wait!”

Clarivu Do’s and Don’ts… top tips for healthy eyes this summer

  • Do rest your eyes – holidays are for the whole body to relax! If you read a lot, you can forget to blink causing eyes to become fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes look away, about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds
  • Do change from your contacts to glasses for any flight – the air conditioning will dry out your lenses leaving eyes uncomfortable
  • Do use ‘rewetting’ drops on your flight if you really want to wear lenses. It will stop them feeling dry, but always choose products suitable for contact lens wearers.
  • Do consider prescription sunglasses and prescription swimming goggles. Just ensure they are good quality and UV-blocking. UV radiation is one of the risk factors associated with cataracts and other eye conditions
  • Do wear wrap-around sunglasses on the beach or ski slopes, as UV exposure is higher where there are reflective surfaces
  • Do rinse your eyes with simple eye lubricants such as artificial tear drops 2-3 times daily to rinse out dirt, debris and bacteria
  • Do eat lots of leafy green vegetables which contain antioxidant vitamins, like broccoli, spinach and Brussels sprouts, at least twice a week
  • Do drink plenty of fresh water – at least two litres a day– to keep your eyes looking young and fresh
  • Do pack a spare set of glasses if possible
  • Do carefully research if you are considering surgery to correct your vision – the best results come from having the correct procedure for your eyes and your needs.Do not…
  • Do not decant contact lens solution into small bottles, due to risk of infection. Instead, get travel size bottles from your optician
  • Do not rub eyes if you get salt water in them – try to rinse them with artificial tear drops instead
  • Do not wear contacts without goggles for swimming, hot tubs or water sports; and lenses should then be removed, cleaned and disinfected afterwards (or replaced with a new pair if daily disposable)
  • Do not wear contact lenses overnight
  • Do not go to bed with make up on. Even if it’s been a late night try and gently clean your eyes before bed, to reduce risk of infection
  • Do not look directly at the sun, even with sunglasses on, as this can cause severe visual loss or even blindness

For more information visit Clarivu Eye Treatment page.

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