5 back-to-school tips

Tuesday, 9 March 2021 by Vision Direct

Mother walking daughter to school while wearing face masks

After months of children interrupting work calls and parents pretending to understand trigonometry, schools are reopening for millions of pupils across the country. Suddenly, there's so much to get sorted: from gathering supplies and picking after-school activities, to arranging lift clubs and seeking out lunchbox inspiration - and understandably you've got a lot on your plate. To help make the transition from homeschooling as smooth as possible, we've done our homework and assembled some A+ advice, with some extra eye care tips, of course!

Young boy having an eye test

Book your child an eye test

The NHS advises that anyone under 16 should have an eye test every year, as children's eyesight develops quickly. It's a good idea to schedule your child's annual check-up when school resumes to ensure that their prescription is up to date - especially after all this screen time. We've partnered with top-notch optician David Clulow to offer you a two-service, premium eye health package for half the price. You get a thorough eye test and contact lens check-up worth £50 for just £25 - that's how much most high street opticians charge for a standard eye test, so you get to save big, too. Find out more.

If your kids need vision correction, our opticians recommend trying contact lenses as they're a safer and more comfortable way of helping them make the most of any activity - just reach out to your optician first.

Organisation is key

With schools opening up and more restrictions looking to be lifted in the upcoming months, there's no doubt that your diary will start to fill up in a flash. Making use of either a physical or virtual planner can help you keep on top of things, including after-school activities, upcoming tests or projects, and other important appointments. By keeping a calendar in the kitchen, the whole family can also note down their priorities and key dates throughout the week, so there's no unnecessary faffing or forgetting. At Vision Direct, we don't want the task of reordering your lenses to take up any more space on your to-do list, which is why we offer a free nifty reminder service. When it's time for new lenses, we'll just pop you over a text or email, and you can reorder on the spot, easy-peasy.

Mother helping daughter pack her school bag

Healthy eating habits

We hate to state the obvious by emphasising the importance of having a nutrient-rich diet - but there's never been a better time to up your child's fruit and vegetable intake. Over the past few months, children have been getting less exercise and spending more time in front of screens, which could lead to parched, strained peepers. You can help them boost their immune system and fight off any eye conditions by ensuring they get plenty of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and proteins to grow. We're talking about leafy greens, high in nutrients, like spinach, kale and broccoli, portions of fresh fish, including tuna, sardines and salmon, along with berries, oranges and mango for a mega-boost of antioxidants. Forget soggy peanut butter sandwiches and cereal bars! Packed lunches provide a perfect opportunity to add many of these options to their daily diet. A simple search online will lead to loads of fun ideas and recipes to perk things up, too.

Stick to a sleeping schedule

Putting in place a regular evening routine can make all the difference to your family's mood, productivity and overall well being. A good start is to encourage everyone to wind down after dinner and limit screen usage before your child goes to bed. The extended blue light exposure from their phone, laptop or iPad can cause digital eye strain and uncomfortably dry eyes. Plus, it can stop the natural production of melatonin (the hormone that makes you sleepy) leaving your child feeling unrested and grumpy by breakfast. If your child wears contact lenses, it's essential to make sure that they remove them before washing their face and nodding off. Daily disposable lenses are especially convenient, as your child can just take them out, and throw them away, without cleaning, or storing them correctly - another thing that you won't have to worry about!

Keep up hand hygiene

Over the past year, hand hygiene has become extremely vital in terms of protecting ourselves and others. And now, with your child returning to school, keeping it up is a no-brainer. If your child wears contact lenses, they have to be even more careful when it comes to touching their eyes, or the removal and application processes. Dirty hands can result in a dirty lens, which in some cases, might lead to a nasty eye infection that nobody wants to deal with. The top 2 things to remember when it comes to hand washing and lenses are to wash your hands for 20 seconds with clean, warm water and dry them thoroughly with a lint-free towel. Vision Direct Soap Sheets are an excellent and eco-friendly addition to every school bag. These sheets can be used when your child doesn't have any soap or sanitiser nearby and needs to disinfect their hands, pronto.

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Try everclear ELITE

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