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How to take care of your eyes during the pandemic and beyond

By: Pam Pastor

By now, this long into the pandemic, you have your safety routine down pat. Mask, face shield, disinfectant, sanitizer, frequent handwashing, social distancing—they’re all just a regular part of our day.

But by being so focused on avoiding COVID-19, we could be neglecting other areas of our health, like our eyes.

Life in lockdown has increased the strain on our eyes. With the work-from-home setup, online distance learning, endless Zoom calls and binge-watching our favorite shows, we’re spending more time in front of screens than ever before. Our eyes have been our connection to the outside world and it’s just right that we show them plenty of love.

Here are ways to take care of your eyes during the pandemic and beyond.

Rest your eyes

Staring at your screen for hours at a time can cause eye strain, blurry vision and dry eyes. Doctors recommend resting your eyes for every 20 minutes of screen time. Just look away from your phone or your computer and gaze at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds and give your peepers a break. They deserve it. If your eyes are feeling dry and tired, use Eye Mo Moist. Eye Mo Moist is an eye lubricant that moisturizes and refreshes dry and tired eyes.

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Eat a healthy diet

Load up on green, leafy vegetables and eat fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Orange-colored fruits and veggies are good for your eyes too so enjoy those carrots, sweet potatoes and mangoes. Eggs, beans and legumes are great as well.

Avoid rubbing your eyes

This seemingly harmless action can actually do damage if you do it too often or too hard. Plus, your hands are constantly exposed to dirt and germs. You don’t want to transfer those to your eyes, especially not in the time of a pandemic. Touching one’s eyes is a risk factor that we can’t ignore. If you feel discomfort, resist the urge to rub and make sure you always have eye drops within reach. All you need are one to two drops of Eye Mo Red Eyes for relief.

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Drink enough water

Staying hydrated is an essential part of caring for your whole body including your eyes.

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Protect your eyes when you go out

Sunglasses are not just a fashion statement—those that can block UV-A and UV-B radiation offer great protection for your eyes. And when you go out, slip Eye Mo Daily Care (yes, it’s back, after seven years!) into your bag. It’s great for washing away irritants and relieving minor eye irritations caused by foreign particles, dust, smoke and air pollutants. Eye Mo Daily Care is so gentle you can use it to clean your eyes every day. It’s also great for soothing your eyes from itchiness after removing your contact lenses.

Visit an eye doctor

Appointments with eye doctors aren’t just for people who wear glasses. Have your eyes checked every year or once every two years just to make sure everything is in tip-top shape. And if you are prescribed glasses, make sure that you do wear them.

Make sure you get enough sleep

Give your eyes time to recharge by getting plenty of shuteye.

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Find out more by visiting https://eyemoph.com. You can also find Eye Mo on Instagram (@eyemophofficial) and Facebook (@EyeMoPH).

IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.

ASC Reference Code: I107N090121ES