It’s a well known fact that reading on old fashioned paper is beneficial for your eyes. In a world dominated by screens and online spaces, it can be easy to cast aside paper books in favour of social media. As British Summer Time has just arrived, we thought it apt to recommend the best places to kick back with a book, whilst improving your eye health. At Arlo Wolf, we’ve compiled this guide on … Read More about Best places to read for your eye health
When it comes to vision loss in young people, one of the leading causes remains to be screen use. Screens dominate our lives pretty much every day, so there’s usually no way of completely avoiding them. As a lot of young people are prone to excessive screen usage, they may be more susceptible to vision problems such as eye pain and fatigue, headaches and dimmed or blurry vision. In this … Read More about What is the most common cause of vision loss for young people?
We understand that eye tests are often time consuming and inconvenient, but they are vital to understand what prescription to get. Getting the wrong prescription for your eyes can be detrimental to your eye health and cause a slew of problems that can exacerbate any pre-existing eye problems. At Arlo Wolf, you can add your correct prescription to our vast array of women’s and men’s glasses and … Read More about The effects of a wrong prescription for eye health
Eye Health in Winter It gets cold and miserable here in the UK during winter, and many of us know that cold temperatures, bristling winds and adverse weather can be tough on the body. In fact, during winter, many of us are more prone to illnesses like the cold or flu because our immune system is tested more than other times of the year. In turn, your eyes can also suffer during the winter … Read More about Eye problems in winter and how to prevent them
Did you know? The first eyeglasses were made in Northern Italy (thought to be in Pisa) around 1290. That’s over 700 years ago! Since then, our eyeglasses and prescriptions have come a long way. What was once seen as a medical applicate eventually became a must-have fashion accessory in the 1970s. Despite this long history, not many of us know how prescription glasses actually work - but we’re … Read More about How do prescription glasses work?
After a long period of intense focus on an activity such as working at a computer screen, reading a book, or driving, your eyes may become fatigued or irritated. This is referred to as eyestrain. Eye strain is a widespread problem. In this digital age, it's becoming even more common. Computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain, is induced by the usage of digital devices such as … Read More about How to tell if you’re straining your eyes
Ever been behind the wheel of a car on a bright sunny day, only to be temporarily blinded by the glare of the sun right when you’re in the middle of driving? It's a frustration that every glasses wearer knows all too well. The glare can come from loads of different sources such as; low-lying sunlight in winter, reflecting light on wet roads, other cars' headlights at night, and even reflections … Read More about Do I need anti-glare lenses for driving?
Why improving your eyesight is important If you’ve noticed your vision deteriorating, perhaps you’re wondering if there are any ways in which you can improve your eyesight? Whether it be from ageing or eye-strain, strengthening your vision can make a real difference to the health of your eyes. Here at Arlo Wolf, we’ve put together a how-to guide on some of the methods and ways you can try to … Read More about How to improve your eyesight
Screen fatigue when working from home If you've been working from home since last year, you might have noticed that towards the end of each day, your eyes are feeling more tired than usual. It's understandable. Many of us are still in lockdown mode, which means that our jobs, friendships, entertainment, and news are all delivered to us via screens. Even when you're not staring at traditional … Read More about How to beat screen fatigue and care for your eyes
The main reason many people are turning to blue light glasses post-pandemic is to reduce eye strain from continuous screen time. Working from home has had an immense impact on our eye health, with many complaining of increased headaches and eye tension. So as more of us hunt for glasses to protect our eyes from screens, will they really help? We asked Arlo Wolf customers who spend a lot of time … Read More about Blue light glasses review: do they work?
With coronavirus restrictions now easing, many of us are slowly starting to get back to normal. An eye test may have been at the bottom of your to-do list during the pandemic, but if you haven’t been for a while it’s something you should consider doing very soon, especially if you are already a glasses wearer. Should glasses wearers have more frequent eye tests? The simple answer is no, NHS … Read More about How often should I have an eye test?
We know that yoga is a great exercise for mind, body and soul, but have you ever heard of eye yoga? It’s a trend that’s becoming more and more popular in the summer months as we take extra care to look after our eyes. Eye exercises are said to improve and strengthen the muscles in the eye, as well as helping us focus and de-stress from the strain we put on our eyes every day. Even Paul McCartney … Read More about What is eye yoga and does it really work?
Our General Eye Care Tips
Taking care of your eyes is essential for maintaining good vision and overall eye health. Here are some general tips for eyecare:
Regular Eye Exams
– Schedule regular eye exams with an optometrist or ophthalmologist. They can detect potential problems early and ensure your prescription is up-to-date.
– Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly those high in antioxidants like vitamin C and E, zinc, and beta-carotene. These nutrients contribute to eye health.
– Proper hydration is essential for maintaining good eye health. Aim to drink enough water throughout the day.
– Wear safety glasses or goggles when doing activities that could potentially lead to eye injuries, such as playing sports or working with hazardous materials.
Limit Screen Time
– Follow the 20-20-20 rule when using digital devices: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to reduce eye strain.
– Ensure that your workspace and living areas have adequate lighting to reduce eye strain. Avoid glare from windows or overhead lights.
– Blinking helps to moisten your eyes and prevent dryness and irritation. Remind yourself to blink, especially when using digital screens for extended periods.
Maintain a Comfortable Viewing Distance
– When using digital screens, maintain a comfortable distance and angle. The screen should be at eye level and about an arm’s length away.
Clean Your Hands and Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
– This helps to prevent the spread of germs and reduce the risk of eye infections.
– Smoking is linked to several eye conditions, including cataracts and macular degeneration. Quitting or not starting can help protect your vision.
– Choose sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays to protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation.
Get Adequate Sleep
– Sleep is crucial for overall health, including eye health. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night.
Manage Health Conditions
– Conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can impact your eye health. Manage them through proper treatment and lifestyle choices.
Follow Contact Lens Care Instructions
– If you wear contact lenses, follow your optometrist’s instructions for cleaning and wearing them to prevent infections and discomfort.
Use Eye Drops Responsibly
– Consult with an eye care professional before using over-the-counter eye drops. Using them improperly can sometimes do more harm than good.
Remember that if you experience any sudden changes in your vision or any persistent discomfort or pain in your eyes, it’s important to consult an eye care professional promptly. They can provide specific advice and treatment based on your individual situation.