How to look after your eyes this festive season

‘Tis the season to be jolly and as the party season gets underway, we’re all wishing for a Christmas full of the traditional fun and festivities.

Coupled with all that sparkle and joy, can come late nights and the potential for over-indulging resulting in a less than merry feeling for your body.

When it comes to taking care of your eyes, a few elf-care tips can help you and your eyes to have a wonderful Christmastime.

Sparkle wisely with eye make-up

It’s a sparkly time of year, but you like to decorate your eyes for the party season, take care to use that make-up wisely.

  • Treat yourself to some fresh make-up. Much like the food that we eat, make-up can cause harm from bacteria if kept and used for too long, and this is especially important for eye make-up which can pose the risk of eye infections if contaminated. Mascaras are usually good for three months to six months. Look for the make-up’s period-after-opening (PAO) symbol to check how long it can be used for once opened.
  • Only use products that are made specifically for the eyes. That craft glitter isn’t intended for use on your eyes and there’s a big chance it will cause damage if it finds its way into your eyes.
  • Don’t share make-up. It might be tempting to share make-up with friends and family when prepping for a party, but swapping make-up, particularly for the eyes, carries a real risk of infection.
  • False eyelashes might give you long fluttery lashes, but they can also give the unwanted gifts of eye irritation, infections, allergic reactions, and damage to your real eyelashes. If you do wear false eyelashes, apply and remove them with care, clean the eye area thoroughly after use, and avoid reusing them.
  • When the night is over and you’re ready to get nestled all snug in your bed, make sure that you remove all of your eye make-up thoroughly.

Take care with contact lenses

If you wear contact lenses, prevent eye infections by looking after them properly and never shower or sleep with your contact lenses in.

If you’re curious about changing the colour of your eyes for a party, then coloured contact lenses may be tempting to try.

Check with your optometrist if you’re intending to wear lenses you haven’t used before. Make sure lenses have the CE mark, meaning they meet the European standard, and take them out straight away if they feel uncomfortable. Risks from wearing contact lenses incorrectly include infection, scratches, eye ulcers, and distorted vision.

Eat, drink, and be merry

Looking after your eyes from within is always a wise strategy and certain festive foods can offer plenty of nourishment for healthy eyes.

Turkey is stuffed with Vitamin B3 and zinc which is great news for your eyes and if you’re reaching for those salmon canapés, their omega-3 fatty acids will also be beneficial for your eyes.

The vegetables of the Christmas feast will also bring plenty of eye benefits with carrots high in beta-carotene which the body uses to make vitamin A, and green veg like kale and broccoli rich in retina-friendly antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin.

Making use of that seasonal nutcracker is also great for your eyes with Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, and cashews all rich in omega-3 fatty acids and the antioxidant vitamin E, which boost your eye health

But be wary of salty foods like pigs in blankets and crisps though which can increase blood pressure and restrict blood flow to your eyes.

And while you enjoy raising a glass and Rockin’ around the Christmas tree with those Christmas cocktails, try to drink water to dilute the dehydrating effects of alcohol which can cause eye problems like blurry vision and dry eyes.

Take care when popping open the bubbly, champagne corks can release at over 50 mph and eye injuries from champagne corks can be serious.

Catch up on beauty sleep for tired eyes

Christmas parties are likely to mean late nights, and lack of sleep can take its toll on your eyes resulting in sore, puffy eyes redder than Rudolph’s nose.

Catch up on sleep when you can and drink plenty of water to keep the body and eyes hydrated.  

Book your eye examination today

If you have any questions or concerns about your eyes or vision, our optometrists can help with advice at any time, offer guidance on how to look after your eyes if you are feeling discomfort, and examine your eyes to assess any underlying symptoms.

Regular eye checks can help to keep your vision and eyes healthy.

Get in touch today to book an eye test in Lee-On-The-Solent or Wickham with one of our experienced optometrists.

Alternatively email lee@optomeyes-eyecare.co.uk or wickham@optomeyes-eyecare.co.uk and one of the team will call you back to book your appointment.