The effect of weather on boaters’ eyes and keeping them healthy

Sarah Farrant

Sarah Farrant

Optometrist Sarah Farrant offers her top tips for keeping your eyes healthy at sea.

Keep your peepers under wraps

The weather can cause the moisture that lubricates our eyes to evaporate too quickly causing our eyes to stream with water or dry–up and feel gritty. Wearing wraparound sunglasses will protect your eyes not just from harsh UV rays but from the drying wind too. Irritated eyes are also more sensitive to sunlight so sunglasses can help to ease any discomfort.

Say yes to drops

Research has shown that nearly a third of people with sore eyes will spend less time outside because of the discomfort that can be caused. Restoring moisture is key to having more comfortable and healthy eyes. Hycosan Fresh eye drops, for example, are suitable for contact lens wearers. The natural formula provides quick relief from mild eye irritation to help keep eyes feeling refreshed and hydrated.

Omega-3s will give your overall eye health a great boost

Omega-3s will give your overall eye health a great boost

And relax…

A simple eyelid massage will stimulate the tear glands and help push the oil in your tears around the eye. Placing a warm washcloth over closed eyes and gently massaging the upper eyelid against the brow bone for 5 to 10 seconds is not only soothing for eyes but relaxing too.

Fishing around for omega-3s

Omega-3s, the fatty acids found in oily fish such as sardines, salmon and tuna steak, will give your overall eye health a great boost and have been shown to relieve dry eye symptoms. For an extra nutritional boost, try a high quality supplement like Omega Eye Liquid which is rich in the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. Just one teaspoon a day provides the same amount of omega 3s as nine tins of tuna.

Green power

Research has shown that the antioxidants found in green tea are absorbed by different parts of the eye and can have a protective effect. Antioxidant-rich green tea has an acquired taste, so if you are not a fan, try starting with one that has a lighter flavour and working your way up to the strong organic variety.

Try this online Eye Health Test to see if you could be experiencing dry eyes.
Hycosan Fresh eye drops: £8.99 from pharmacies and opticians

Omega Eye Liquid £35.15 from