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Optical | Health and expertise | Press release | Keep the twinkle in your eye this party season

Keep the twinkle in your eye this party season

21 february 2018

Press release

SANTA Claus may be coming to town but Specsavers opticians are urging people that they ‘better watch out’ for their eye health this party season.
 
Having a few extra drinks in this festive season can play havoc with our bodies and it’s not just the hangovers we have to show for it. Dehydration can cause symptoms of dry eye and it is thought that lack of sleep contributes to retention of fluid in eyelids giving a puffy appearance.
 
Specsavers optician, Dr Josie Forte, says: ‘When you lose more fluid than you take in, your body becomes dehydrated. Our eyes can become dry and irritated and we can even start to get slightly blurred vision because there are not enough tears to lubricate the eye. Tears are so important as they can wash away foreign matter that might come into contact with your eye and they also help reduce the risk of eye infections. The best way to try and combat dry eyes is by rehydrating by drinking plenty of water. Your optician can also recommend eye drops that can help too.’
 
And when you get home from your office Christmas party make sure to take your makeup off properly. Not only can crashing into bed with your makeup on be bad for your skin, it can also be harmful to your eyes. Removing your contact lenses properly is also key to ensuring you don’t get nasty bacteria in the eye which makes it more prone to infection.
 
Dr Forte adds: ‘Leaving your eye makeup on when you go to sleep – particularly eyeliner and mascara – will increase your chances of getting bacterial and oil build up around your eyes or even inflammation. Make sure you always gently remove beauty products to reduce infection and keep your eyes clean.
 
‘You should never sleep in your contact lenses unless they have been specifically fitted for use at night by your optician,’ Dr Forte says. ‘Although your bed may seem more appealing and it may be difficult to remember after a party, always ensure you take your lenses out with thoroughly washed and dried hands.’
 
For further information or took book an eye test visit: https://www.specsavers.co.uk/