Sunday, 6 September 2015

My Eyecare Routine

Eyecare Bausch and Lomb

Looking after your eyes is just so important, as your sight is so easy to take for granted. I’ve written in the past about how I don’t realise how lucky I am to have the eye-care which is available to me – without glasses, I would be so limited. Without glasses I would never have done well at school, I wouldn’t have been able to learn to drive and I would have never made it through university. Scary to think really, isn’t it?

Eye health is really important to me as I’m very aware that I only have one pair of eyes and they need to last me a lifetime. Whilst I’m always keen to have regular eye checks (not only because making sure I have the perfect prescription is so important but because it often means new glasses, yay!), in-between those checks, I want to make sure I’m keeping my eyes in tip-top condition.

Bausch+Lomb got in touch with me about their new day and night treatments and they very kindly sent me some samples to try out. Their newest products are all about addressing something that we forget about - a good eye-care routine. Whilst we spend time seeking out the best products possible when it comes to looking after our skin, our eyes can get forgotten.

As I tend to be in a never-ending cycle of catching up on sleep, I’m grateful to have glasses to hide behind as my eyes tend to end up looking dull, especially when I’m dehydrated. I first tried Bausch+Lomb’s re-wetting drops which are ideal if, like me, you work in an office with air-con, which is an absolute nightmare for already tired eyes. Now I’ve got the hang of putting them in without getting it all over my face (I’m a bit squeamish and kept squinting so the drops went everywhere, oops), these are really good just to have in your handbag. I find that when my eyes feel dry and heavy, it automatically makes me feel a bit sleepy, which is the last thing you need when you’re busy at work. I didn’t expect there to be a psychological effect as well as a physical one as my eyes felt instantly refreshed and as a result, it wakes me up. They’re really easy to apply once you get the hang of it – I managed it and I can’t even put in contact lenses, which says a lot.

I also tried out the Artelac Nighttime Gel (Bausch+Lomb are the makers of Artelac FYI) which is, as you may have guessed, a gel that you put in your eyes at night. This one is a lot easier to get in as it has a similar consistency to Bonjela. I appreciate that’s a gross comparison as obviously you’d never put that in your eyes, but it’s the only thing I can think of. I found that this is especially good when you’re going to bed late as it means when you wake up in the morning, your eyes feel a lot less groggy, which definitely helps.

Artelac also do a rebalancing eye-drop which is a more long-lasting solution to dry eyes in the day. Whilst the re-wetting drops tend to provide instant relief (which is great), the rebalancing drops are more about moisturising the eyes as they bind water nutrients and purifying ions (like potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium) to the surface of the eye in order to keep it hydrated. This product has been designed to have an increased duration of relief rather than just a quick fix that will need replenishing.

I’ve also been taking some supplements which are to boost my eye-health. I haven’t actually been taking them long enough to measure the full effect but the formula contains a variety of ingredients which are linked to maintaining healthy eyes. Naturally, as with any supplement, I did my own research before taking it and as this one contains fish oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, they seemed like a good combination to me.

All of these products are available to buy in opticians but if you do have any concerns, talk to your optician first. Also, regular eye checks are ridiculously important so if you haven’t had one in a while, get booked in (and then buy new glasses, as, duh).

What do you do to look after your eyes? I’d be really interested in hearing your tips so drop me a tweet (@GlassesGirl3) or leave me a comment!


  1. I too have a lot of problems with my eyes being dry, tired, and gritty feeling. I love your tips and will definately try them. I just wanted to add one. My dry eyes get irritated so easily and therefore I neglect washing my eyelids, which my eye doctor picked up on and he suggested washing with baby shampoo. Let me tell you it works great and has made a big difference in my eye irritation.

    Beulah Jackson @ 96th Street Eye Care

  2. If I can give you one bit of advise it might go a long way in helping somebody. I have always been at my computer at work for 8 hours a day. Luckily my eye doctor told me to find reasons to get up hours, walk outside, look far away then close a few times, and your eyes will definitely thrive.

    Doris Gibbs @ Moody Eyes


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