Christmas – It’s the most wonderful time of year

But don’t overlook your eye health

It’s the most wonderful time of year, or so the song goes. There’ll be parties for hosting marshmallows for toasting, and carolling out in the snow. We celebrate the holiday season with parties, music and an abundance of food and drink. But this time of year comes with some risks, not just to our waistline but also to our eyes. This festive season the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) is highlighting the risks of a range of ‘makeup mistakes’ with posts across social media.* Recent research undertaken by ABDO has found that a surprising 44% of women have left their eye makeup on overnight at least once, whilst 28% of those surveyed use eye make-up that is out of date. It also revealed that 27% don’t clean their make-up application brushes regularly enough.

A good routine

Did you know that not removing your eye makeup daily with a specific eye makeup remover, and or failing to regularly clean any application brushes you use will increase the risk of a bacterial eye infection? This is also true for if you don’t replace your makeup as often as is recommended on the packaging. The research found that as many as 11% of women in the UK are at risk of damaging their eyes by applying eyeliner to the inside of their lashes.  The eyelid margins are the location of many important glands with the job of contributing oils to the tear layer. For this reason, ABDO recommends that make-up should not be applied inside the lash line. By leaving this area clear you will optimise your tear film and avoid recurrent dryness. With brow and Lash treatments growing in popularity they were surprised to find that only 15% of women know how to check if a treatment provider is correctly licensed and certified to provide their services and an amazing 86% would still go for treatment even if they were not fully licenced.

When things go wrong

The research found that less than half of the women surveyed (43%) would see an optician if they were experiencing any discomfort in their eyes. In a UK wide press-release, ABDO urged anyone with any eye care concerns to seek assistance from their optician. In many areas across the UK, you can now access eye care and treatment from your optician on the NHS under the Primary Care Eye Assessment and Referral Service PEARS. So this festive season make your optician your first port of call for any eye problems. Allegro Optical is an accredited Opticians participating in the PEARS Scheme. We provide a free eye care service for people with minor eye conditions. If you need advice or treatment for a recent eye condition contact us on 01484 907090 or visit https://www.allegrooptical.co.uk/services/pears-scheme/  

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