From Dry Eyes To Sparkling Eyes
Editor-in-Chief, Alison Jane, is wearing a charity couture, Gatsby, sequin flapper dress and a vintage faux fur, Manhattan evening jacket; both pieces were purchased by AJ in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the beautiful Isle of Wight at a winter fashion show. What could you find in your local charity shop to transform your vintage winter wardrobe? Photography by Elisabetta Landoni.
From Dry Eyes to Sparkling Eyes in Charity Vintage Couture!
Do you take your eyes for granted? Expecting them to cope effortlessly with endless days spent staring at a computer screen, not taking adequate screen breaks, and then going out in to the cold for your winter commute home? Our eyes are a miraculous feat of engineering, but it is important to look after them. As more and more of us experience dry eyes and some form of sensitivity, isn’t it time to love and cherish a part of us we can’t imagine being without? As the Christmas season descends, now more than ever we want to soak up the visual feast from fairy lights strung like lacy cobwebs in our towns and villages to the joy of giving and receiving well thought out presents.
Naturally, we want to see the world with our eyes wide open. It is good for the soul and the heart to savour the real message of Christmas, which is about hospitality, a sense of wonder and a time of festival. It’s time to cherish our eyes, and soak up all the colour, sparkle and splendour with healthy, dancing, happy eyes. The good news is that it is easy to take some small steps to enhance and protect our eye health, now and into a sparking future through food as medicine, learning to blink more and enjoying a protective cup of vibrant green tea. Read on to discover more ways you can love and nurture good eye health, naturally.
Ten Top Natural Health Tips for Sparkling Eyes
Amy Liddell, Nutritionist & Eye Health Specialist at Scope Ophthalmics has put together ten fabulous tips on how to protect your eye health in the coldest of winters, so that our eyes can be the twinkling stars of the party all night long!
10 Top Tips For Protecting Eye Health This Winter By Amy Liddell, Nutritionist & Eye Health Specialist at Scope Ophthalmics
- Get enough H20! Christmas celebrations often mean indulging in one too many alcoholic drinks which dehydrates and slows our blink rate so we end up with dry eyes. The other thing that happens when we celebrate with a little too much alcohol is that we often sleep with our eyes slightly open causing a dry crescent to form along the bottom of the eye. Drinking a glass of water for every alcoholic drink can help stave off the dehydrating effects and help to reduce puffy and red eyes the morning after!
- Boost your intake of antioxidants – We can all be guilty of burning the candle at both ends during the festive season, and late nights, poor diet and lack of exercise can cause oxidative stress on the body which has been linked to dry eye. Incorporating a rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables in to your diet, as well as dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and chard may actually help slow down the process of oxidation and have been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
- Enjoy more salmon and oily fish – Omega-3s, the fatty acids found in oily fish such as sardines, salmon and tuna steak will give your overall eye health a great boost and have been shown to relieve dry eye symptoms. Try a high quality supplement like Omega Eye which is rich in omega-3 fats EPA and DHA – just 4 capsules a day provides the same amount of omega 3’s as 9 tins of tuna! (RRP £82.50 for 3 months available from www.ScopeOmegaHealth.co.uk)
- Have a digital detox – Bad habits when using computers are some of the most common reasons for irritable, dry eyes. It’s caused by concentration and not blinking as often as we should so it’s important to “think and blink” and to take regular screen breaks to give your eyes a much-needed break.
- Be savvy with make-up – it’s party season so we all want to look our best, but did you know that make-up can be a trigger for dry eye? Try to use hypoallergenic and ophthalmologist-tested products and instead of eye shadow powder, try acream eye shadow instead. For those who truly suffer, keep your eye area clear as often as possible and only apply eye makeup on special occasions.
- Swap to Green tea – This antioxidant-rich tea has an acquired taste, so if you’re not a fan, try starting with one that has a lighter flavour and working your way up to the strong organic variety. Research has shown that the anti oxidants in tea are absorbed by different parts of the eye and can have a protective effect.
- Relax with an eye massage– A simple eyelid massage will stimulate the tear glandsand help push the oil in your tears around the Placing a warm washcloth over closed eyes and gently massage the upper eyelid against the brow bone for 5 to 10 seconds is not only soothing for eyes but relaxing too.
- Don’t forget your sunglasses! We all know about the dangers of UV for the skin, but it can also have a drying effect on our eyes. Even on a bright winter’s day it’s a good tip to make sure you wear sunglasses with UV protection to protect your eyes as the damage is often underestimated.
- Drops drops drops! Finding an eye drop that is preservative free, such as new Hycosan Fresh™ for mild dry eye (£8.95 available from Boots) is important, as preservatives can cause further aggravation to eyes that are already feeling sore. Hycosan Fresh™ contains all natural ingredients including Euphrasia (Eyebright), a plant based extract that has been shown to reduce irritation associated with dry eyesand Sodium Hyaluronate which is known for its hydrating properties, ensuring eyes stay lubricated for longer.
- All eyes on potassium – Potassium and other mineral levels can be lower in people who have dry eye symptoms, so it’s important to boost your intake. The best food sources of potassium include almonds, pecans, bananas, raisins, dates, figs and avocados. Adding them to salads or snacking on them throughout the day is a healthy way to boost your intake!