It’s a time of year we all look forward to - the music, the ambience and the fun!  But, do we ever consider the impact festival season can have on our eyes and ears?


Here are some top tips to help you savour every sensory sensation that a festival has to offer without compromising your vision and hearing health.


Throw some shade!

Sunglasses are a staple fashion accessory for all festival-goers but more importantly, they are essential for our eye health and protecting vision against harmful UV exposure.


While many people understand the damage UV rays can cause to skin, fewer appreciate the damage they can cause to your eyes. Prolonged exposure of your eyes to UV has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration and even some types of eye cancer.


Before you buy a pair of cheap sunnies make sure they provide adequate protection – not all do. Sunglasses don’t need to be expensive but they should always conform to agreed safety standards. Look out for a CE (European Community Standard), BSEN1836 (British Standard) or UV400 markings and aim for a pair that offer 80 per cent light reduction.


Put a plug in it

For families going to festivals, a long day of loud music can have a big impact on children’s and indeed, adult’s hearing. It’s a good idea to invest in some earplugs that can be popped in when the sound gets too much. Specsavers offer custom ear protection which provide an individual and unique fit with guaranteed levels of protection. They’re specially designed to fit your ear shape for a better, more comfortable fit (Available from £90).


Nothing to sniff at

The warmer weather during festivals often heralds the start of symptoms such as sneezing, headaches and irritated eyes for hay fever sufferers.


You can try over-the-counter pain relief and antihistamine decongestants to help alleviate common hay fever symptoms.


Hay fever sufferers who wear contact lenses may notice that their vision through lenses can appear smeary and eyes can generally feel uncomfortable. Eye drops designed especially for contact lens can help to calm down any itchiness and wearing prescription glasses (particularly wraparound sunglasses) can prevent pollen from getting into your eyes.


Those suffering from hay fever could also try daily disposable lenses during the summer months. Replacing your lenses every day will help you prevent any pollen build up. 


It’s cool to be clean!

It’s really important to keep our hands clean when handling contact lenses. Good hygiene is paramount - you wouldn’t put something dirty into your mouth so why would you do the same with your eyes?   Ensure hands are clean and dry when putting in and taking out your lenses.  Don’t forget to always rub, rinse and store your lenses in the recommended solution too.


Top tips and tricks

Specsavers has also revealed its top tips and tricks to keeping eyes shining as bright as the stage lights this summer:


  • Did you know that excessive alcohol consumption impacts eye health?  The dehydration effect of alcohol can exacerbate symptoms of dry eye – a condition that causes irritation. Give them a helping hand by drinking plenty of water
  • Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables for vital nutrients and vitamins. Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. 
  • Just as our body repairs during sleep, our eyes do too so get plenty of sleep to maintain clear eyes.
  • Don’t neglect to remove eye make-up at the end of the day as mascara build-up can lead to uncomfortable bumps under the eyelids which pose a risk to vision.[1]
  • Use eye drops to ease redness, rejuvenate the eye and combat dryness (always consult your Specsavers contact lens advisor to make sure you are using suitable drops)

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