Taking eye safety seriously

Your eyes are incredibly complicated and very delicate. Modern life puts a real strain on your eyes - computer screens, dust and pollen in the atmosphere, even some household cleaning agents can all affect your eyes, making them tired, sore or potentially damaging the delicate surface of the eyeball. So make sure you protect your eyes against everything the modern world can throw at them.

  • DIY and working environments

    If you're a DIY fan or spend time in a workshop, eye protection is an important safety consideration. Any foreign body getting into the eye can cause damage very easily to the soft tissue of the eye and can lead to long-term sight problems. If your working environment is hazardous, make sure your employer provides adequate eye protection. It's worth knowing that we have a good range of safety eyewear that can be made to your prescription available in-store.

    Also see sports and protection glasses.

  • Taking care of your eyes

    VDU Screens

    Research has shown that prolonged use of computer monitors can lead to eyestrain. If your work involves long periods at a computer screen, make sure you take regular breaks to allow your eyes to relax.

    Check that the computer screen is at the correct height and that you are not straining your eyes to see the entire screen. Your eyes should naturally focus on the centre of the screen. Also ensure that your lighting is sufficient to work by - fluorescent lights tend to 'flicker' at a very high resonance which can cause eye strain without the sufferer even realising the cause of the problem. It is advised not to sit with a window directly in front or behind you to avoid glare and eyestrain. We recommend having Anti-Reflective (AR) coatings on your lenses available in-store.

  • Allergies and Hay Fever

    Summer can be a misery for those who suffer from Hay fever. Pollen in the atmosphere irritates the lungs, nasal passages and particularly the eyes, making them red and sore. If you suffer from allergies or hay fever, consult your GP who may be able to prescribe an antihistamine to reduce the reaction. Your local Vision Express opticians will also be able to give you advice on products designed to relieve sore or irritated eyes.

  • Driving

    Good eyesight isn't just a matter of choice. If you drive any type of vehicle it is important that you can read road signs and car number plates clearly. If you find yourself squinting to read road signs or car number plates, book an eye test appointment to have your eyes checked immediately.

    In additions for HGV's and Public Transport by law you must have:

    • A visual acuity of at least 6/9 in the better eye; and
    • A visual acuity of at least 6/12 in the worse eye; and
    • If these are achieved by correction, the uncorrected visual acuity in each eye must be no less than 3/60

    If you find yourself squinting to read road signs or car number plates, book an eye appointment to have your eyes checked immediately.

  • Sunlight

    The damage that prolonged exposure can do to the skin is now a well-known fact, but did you know it can also damage your eyesight? Everyone knows the warnings against staring directly at the sun, but on bright days your eyes can be easily damaged by the glare of the sun. A good pair of polarised sunglasses or prescription sunglasses will help protect your eyes against harmful UV rays.

  • Chemicals

    Our modern world is filled with chemicals, many of which can damage the delicate tissue of the eye. Common household cleaners can contain bleach or harsh abrasives, which can cause major tissue trauma if they get into the eye. If you do get a splash of a household cleaner in your eye, immediately wash the eye out with plenty of water and seek medical attention as quickly as possible. If you're carrying out a major spring clean it may be a good idea to invest in a pair of protective glasses to avoid any accidents.

  • Taking the precautions when participating in sports


    Sports such as rugby and football can easily throw up dirt and grit into the eyes, so while it may not be practical to wear eye protection, be aware of the possible dangers to your eyes when playing these sports. If you spend time swimming, the chlorine used in public baths can make the eyes sting, making them sore. A pair of swimming goggles helps to protect your eyes against over-exposure to this harsh chemical. It is advisable not to swim in contact lenses.

    Also see sports and protection glasses.

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