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Over recent months we have all had no choice but to engage with our phones, our tablets, our laptops and desktops. We use them for Zoom meetings, to catch up on TV, to watch films, to find the latest recipe or just to find out what Boris is up to. The BBC website posted this helpful article about how to avoid eyestrain associated with our increased screen viewing.


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As a precautionary measure I thought it wise to include the latest NHS advice and best practise when considering the latest global health outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.

What’s the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low. Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

How coronavirus is spread
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses spread in cough droplets. It’s highly unlikely coronavirus can be spread through packages from affected countries or through food.

How to avoid catching or spreading germs
There’s currently no vaccine for coronavirus. But there are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading.
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin immediately
wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Information: If you’ve been to China or other specified areas in the last 14 days, follow the advice on this page for returning travellers.

Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
a cough
a high temperature
shortness of breath

Urgent advice:
Call 111 now if you’ve been:
to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)
to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)
in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
Tell 111 about any recent travel and any symptoms you have.

Information: If you’re in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.

How to isolate yourself if you could have coronavirus
If there’s a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to isolate yourself. This means that for up to 14 days, you should:
stay at home
not go to work, school or public areas
not use public transport or taxis
ask friends, family members or delivery services to carry out errands for you
try to avoid visitors to your home – it’s OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

While the risk to people in the UK is low, these steps can help reduce the possible spread of infection.

Treatment for coronavirus
There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the infection.

Further information can be found on GOV.UK and World Health Organisation websites.

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Nutrition and the Eye

There is growing evidence that lifestyle factors play a significant role in determining the long-term health of our eyes. Making the right lifestyle choices from the start can help preserve your vision. However, it’s never too late to start making changes, as in some instances vision that is already in decline can be improved by following a healthy diet, taking regular exercise and generally cutting down on the things that we know are bad for us like cigarettes and alcohol.

There is no doubt that good nutrition is vital, not only for our general health but also for the health of our eyes. It helps our bodies to grow, repair wear and tear, protect against infection and to function properly. Recently there has been increased interest in the role of nutrition and nutritional supplements and their effect on vision. The main focus has been on how vitamins and minerals might affect age-related eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD)and cataracts.

Nutrof Total eye supplement has been specially formulated to include antioxidant vitamins, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Omega 3 fish oils, plus essential minerals, all of which research has shown to be of benefit to eye health.

Nutritional advice

1. Try to eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day
2. Maintain a low-fat diet. A diet high in fat and cholesterol can lead to a build-up of fatty deposits in the blood vessels under the macula, which can hamper blood flow and increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration
3. Eat foods rich in antioxidants (beneficial chemicals found in vitamins and minerals) that may neutralise ‘free radicals’ which can injure healthy cells
4. Eye healthy foods include: leafy green vegetables (especially spinach and kale), carrots, melons, papaya, tomatoes, red peppers, blueberries, plums, red grapes and aubergines
5. If you feel your diet does not include enough fresh fruit, vegetables, vitamins and minerals or you are concerned about the effects of AMD you may want to consider taking a dietry eye supplement
6. We would always recommend that you discuss any changes to your diet or taking a vitamin supplement with your GP


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