*Advertorial ContentIf I had to put a figure on the amount of time I spend staring at a screen I would say it’s a good 65% of my day at least, which means my eyes can sometimes suffer for my Netflix addiction. If I am not at work staring at my 2 screens full of Excel spreadsheets then I am at home on my laptop; whether that be blogging, watching YouTube/Netflix or editing my pictures. I think the only time I am not staring at a screen is when I’m sleeping or listening to podcasts. Because of this my eyes are seriously over worked at times, and I get quite dry and tired feeling eyes – a symptom of the technology-based world we live in I guess. I’ve previously written about using Optrex ActiMist 2 in 1 Eye Spray for Dry and Irritated Eyes around 2 years ago and I have being using it ever since. So why does looking at screen cause that horrid dry, itchy tired eye feeling? Apparently when you’re staring at a screen, whether that’s your phone, computer or TV, your blink rate is reduced by up to 60% thus your eyes aren’t getting the much needed rest they need. But it’s not just all the screens we stare at that can cause dry or irritated yes; things such as mascara, medication and contact lenses. There are some handy tips that Optrex have to help manage screen eyes:
Eating plenty of fresh food, nutrient-rich vegetables and Omega 3-packed nuts will help to promote lipid production
Transform your office with some leafy green plants – as well as boosting your oxygen levels, the humid atmosphere will help to lubricate your eyes (plus it makes the office look very instagrammable)
Follow the 20-20-20 rule when working with screens: Every 20 minutes, close your eyes 20 seconds and then blink 20 times
Try using drops or an eye spray like Optrex Actimist for Dry and Irritated Eyes to help stabilise the eye’s lipid layer
Whether you’re an early riser or a sleepy head, you should never open your eyes straight away when you wake up. Keep them closed for a few moments and massage your eyelids with warm fingers before facing the day
Personally, I love the 20-20-20 rule, I also couple this leaving my desk every 60-90 minutes and going for a walk around the office or stepping outside in the fresh air. I’m well aware of what makes my eyes feel dry, tired or irritated and for me it’s screen time and eye makeup, so as soon as I get in from work of an evening I take off my makeup and let my eyes ‘breathe’. I then use my Optrex ActiMist, which I keep on my dressing table so I don’t forget to use it, and spray up to two times in each eye to relieve my eyes, then blink a couple of times – be prepared to make a startled jump and funny face when you first use it as much like a face mist it takes you a little by surprise at first. The mist helps to restore the moisture in your eyes so that dry/gritty feeling dissipates, and personally, I find it kind of wakes me up a little after a long day at work. I should really start taking it to work with me so I can use it in the afternoon when my dry eyes start, it doesn’t smudge makeup so can certainly be kept in your handbag for use at work or when out and about.
*This blog post is intended for audiences in the UK only