EYE health is more important than ever during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has provided the following tips on how you can look after your eyes whilst in lockdown.

Screen time: there is no evidence to suggest that blue lights from screens are harmful. However, it is important that adults who are working from home take frequent breaks from screens and follow the 20,20,20 rule; take a break for at least 20 seconds, every 20 minutes, and look 20 feet away.

With children using online resources to complete their schoolwork, it is important to monitor the amount of screen time they have.

Gardening and DIY: it is crucial to always wear safety goggles when doing DIY, particularly when sawing, drilling, sanding or hammering. Ensure that appropriate grade eye protection is worn when using chemicals in case of splashes.

General eye health: eating a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and staying active whilst in lockdown are vital in maintaining eye health.

Hygiene and coronavirus: avoid touching or rubbing your eyes and always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before inserting or removing contact lenses or using eye drops.

If you have any concerns about your vision or eye heath, you should contact your normal optometrist (optician) by phone. You should seek immediate help if you experience a sudden change in your vision. If you are struggling to get help, call 111 for further advice, or check whether your hospital has an advice line for emergencies.

Dr Louise Gow

Specialist Lead in Eye Health at RNIB