Sight is a beautiful magical gift that I think a lot of us take for granted. How many of us REALLY take good care of our eye health? I’m certainly guilty of neglecting my peepers and after reading Laila’s emotional post on her relationship with sight it really got me thinking about how bad I’ve been.
So here’s a short list of the ways in which I’ve been a crap host to my eyes:
1. When I was younger I would touch my eyeballs as a party trick to gross people out (no I would not wash my hands before doing so)
2. I’ve worn novelty contacts which are a year out of date
3. Going on sunbeds without wearing the protective eye gear
4. Looking directly into the sun
5. Using my phone in the dark
6. Using technology for too many hours without proper breaks
7. Not wearing my glasses when I’m meant to
8. Not getting regular eye tests
9. Getting all sorts of make up products in my eyes
10. Not taking my mascara off
11. Not drinking enough water
12. Wearing false lashes and getting glue in them
13. Rubbing shampoo into them (not on purpose obviously)
This is by no means an exhaustive list but you get the picture and I bet you’ve done one or two of these before right?
So with these thoughts running through my mind, it’s like the universe felt I needed a push, because shortly after I was contact by David Clulow for a free eye test as part of their #clulowcares campaign …Ermmm yes please!
In preparation for my test I called Specsavers to find out my prescription and was told that I hadn’t had my eyes tested for 4 years!!!!! How mental is that? I was a bit embarrassed to be honest with you.
So Monday lunchtime I trundled off to David Clulow on Cheapside to get my eyes checked out. Greeted by the friendly staff I was asked to confirm some details before being taken into the examination room. We did the usual “Can you read these letters” and the dreaded pressure test which involves puffs of air being blown into your eye making you jump back and feel like a right numpty. We also took pictures of both eye’s and checked my prescription levels.
The lady walking me through the experience was lovely (unfortunately I didn’t catch her name). She made me feel so at ease and explained what she was doing and why, every step of the way. After all the tests were done we sat for a few minutes to discuss the results. I don’t think I’ve had such a thorough breakdown of the facts after an eye test before (but as mentioned earlier my last one was about 4 years ago!)
It was explained to me that my pressures were slightly high, which can be a sign of future issues with glaucoma so I need to make sure I’m having eye tests every year. I also found out that one of my pupils is bigger than the other (totally normal) and I have thick cornea’s which would mean that my pressure’s would be on the high side anyway, however mine were slightly more than the adjustment you would give.
Next we looked at the picture of my eye which to me was totally fascinating! The optician showed me what each part was and noted that my macula is a little lighter than normal meaning that I am more sensitive to UV light and I should therefore wear sunglasses more often as well as getting lots of spinach, kale, broccoli and orange peppers (veggies high in antioxidants) in my diet to reduce degeneration. Personally I love it when a health professional of any kind suggests eating the right foods as this cements to me even more that it really does matter what we are putting into our bodies – who would have thought that eating more kale will help my eyes absorb UV better?!
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So the appointment itself was over and I was sent back to the shop floor with a slightly altered prescription and an array of glasses to chose from. I was lucky enough to be gifted a pair of rayban glasses during my visit so this narrowed the search down somewhat. One of the store assistants came to show me the range of styles on offer and helped me pick my favourite – I liked that she wasn’t afraid to give her honest opinion on what suited me because it can sometimes be hard to make these decisions alone.
After much deliberation I went for something completely different to my old pair. I decided to go lighter on the colour and rounder on the frames and I could not be happier with my decision, they definitely suit me better.
Within 3 days my glasses were back for collection – Speedy Gonzales.
Not only do I now feel hip and happening with my new glasses (LOL) I also feel a lot more clued up on my eye health and have an invested interest in keeping my sight as fresh as possible for as long as possible. PASS ME THAT KALE!
Please make sure you look after your eyes people! For more information on booking an appointment with David Clulow just head to their website here:
Peace and love xoxo