Cleaning our Glasses

Dear World

We have World Sight Day today – 11 October 2018

An annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. (1)

This year’s call to action: Eye Care Everywhere

International Key Messages  #WorldSightDay

253 million people blind or vision impaired – 2015

217 million – moderate – severe visual impairment

124 million – uncorrected refractive errors

65 million – cataract

1 BILLION people with near-vision impairment

75% of all blindness and MSVI is avoidable

89% vision impaired people live in low and middle-income countries

55% moderate or severely impaired people are women (1)

Refractive errors are vision problems that happen when the shape of the eye affects the focus.

Cause could be length of eyeball, changes in shape of cornea or aging of the lens.

4 Common Refractive Errors

Myopia                        nearsightedness – clear vision close up but blurry in the distance

Hyperopia                  farsightedness – clear vision in the distance but blurry close up

Presbyopia                 inability to focus close up as a result of aging

Astigmatism              focus problems caused by the cornea (2)

Universal Eye Health

World Health Organization Global Action Plan 2014 – 2019 

The adoption of the global eye health action plan by the 66th World Health Assembly opens a new opportunity for Member States to progress with their efforts to prevent visual impairment and strengthen rehabilitation of the blind in their communities.

If the following 2 major causes of visual impairment were considered and priorities and control measures were implemented consistently across the world, by providing refractive services and offering cataract surgery to the people in need, two thirds of the visually impaired people could recover good sight:

42% uncorrected refractive errors
33% cataract (3)

Do we know how far have we come today with this WHO action plan?

Are we all aware this action plan is coming to an end – 2019?

Is anything missing and are we all understanding what is needed?

How do we ensure real action will be taken with our daily eye care?

Do we need to wait for the 67th world health meeting to take place?

Can we all start by doing our bit – however small that may seem?

Is there an individual responsibility that could make a difference?

Each of us are a part of the whole world so what we do, does matter.

On that note –

What if we just started with very simple basic eye care

What does this mean to us – the average jo on the street

What if getting our eyes tested regularly is a real start

What if we focus on our eyes when washing our face

What if we realise how delicate the skin is around our eyes

What if we practice the closing of the eyelids from this blog
https://simplelivingglobal.com/closing-our-eyes/

What if we wipe our tears gently and not rough and hard

What if we are tender with ourselves removing eye make-up

What if we use eye drops to support our tired dry eyes

What if we switched to night mode on our phone screen

What if we adjust the brightness on our computer screen

What if we always use goggles for swimming to help our eyes

What if we use sunglasses to protect our eyes even if it’s not so sunny

What if we acknowledge the sensitivity of our eyes by honouring what they need in any given moment

What if we deeply support our eyes with a real eye pillow from https://www.featherlight.com.au/

What if we used an eye mask for those long journeys to heal our eyes
https://www.featherlight.com.au/store

What if we just make a stop in our day to breathe and feel our eyes

What if we made the effort to clean our glasses

What if we took super care of our contact lenses

What if we value and appreciate what our eyes give us

What if we used the palm of our hand and cupped it over our eyes

What if our eyes receive more clearly when we take more care

The following is taken from the Simple Living Global – Back to Basics Program

Cleaning our Glasses

Glasses, spectacles, sunnies, goggles, specs – all the same thing

Question – How are we taking care of our glasses

Who is interested in doing this task

Who can be bothered if we are Honest

Do we keep losing our glasses

Do we have more than one pair

Do we have a case to rest them in

Is the case the right size to fit them

How important are your glasses to you

Do you leave them anywhere with no regard

Do you leave them on your head and forget

Do you wear them with a string or chain around your neck

Have you ever Lost or Forgotten where you put your glasses

What condition are your glasses in

How often do you clean your glasses

Do you value and appreciate your glasses like they are precious

Do you have a cleaning ritual for your glasses

Our eyes need support for whatever reason and so we get glasses

Our job is to look after them and take deep care because they are important

This means that we value the job they are doing for us

Here is a super Simple way that we can bring into our day, if we have glasses

Make a point of cleaning them everyday

Trot down to the spectacle shop – buy few cloths and spray

Get a string if you feel it would support you to keep them close

Ask for a glasses case if you do not have one

Make sure you place a spare cloth in your glasses case

Whilst you are in the shop – check your prescription is up to date

If not, make it a Priority to get your eyes tested – super important

Let’s Start –

Choose a time where you have a moment to Stop and pause

Have your spray and cloth next to you

Sit down – take the time to Gently open the case

Hold the glasses without touching the lens

Be aware of how you hold them – use your fingertips

Best place is the bridge bit for the nose

Use your thumb and finger for holding

Be delicate and tender with this process

Focus on the task in hand and nothing else

Pick spray up and squirt one lens on both sides

Use the cloth and wipe with anti-clockwise motion

Move to another part of the cloth that is dry

Continue wiping super gently and with care

Say in your mind as you do this job –

“It is my intention to clean these glasses to support me to see and receive Truth

Repeat with the other lens taking the same deep care

If they are mega dirty, then do both sides again

At the end, wipe the nose bit and the frame all over

Leave the cloth out to dry – hang it over the spray bottle

Make sure the lenses are not touched

Check them out and see and feel the difference

Sparkly clean means things will be seen with more clarity

A new sharper focus going forward now

When not in use – store them in their home

Clean out the home – the case they live in
This is just as important

Make sure cloths are washed and rinsed regular

Imagine doing this simple task everyday just to support you

What an incredible basic gift

Out and about or at work – no spray

No problemo – just breathe gently on each lens then wipe away

Use the spare cloth you carry in your case

Job done and fresh clean glasses everyday

Others get to see your eyes as you have super clean glasses

Now others get to really truly see your eyes

If your eyes could speak they would say THANK YOU.

 

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References

(1) World Sight Day 2018. International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Retrieved October 10, 2018 from
https://www.iapb.org/advocacy/world-sight-day/

(2) (n.d). Refractive Errors. Medline Plus. Retrieved October 10, 2018 from
https://medlineplus.gov/refractiveerrors.html

(3) (2013). Universal Eye Health A Global Action Plan 2014 – 2019. World Health Organization. Retrieved October 9, 2018 from
http://www.who.int/blindness/AP2014_19_English.pdf?ua=1

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Comments 8

  1. This is a very informative post – thank you very much Simple Living Global.

    I most certainly will give your tips about how to clean your glasses a go.

    I am aged 40 and have been wearing glasses full-time, since the age of 4. I had always cleaned my glasses out of necessity, so at the point where they were obviously dirty.

    Then I became friends with someone who pointed out that my glasses were always dirty. Whilst I was shocked by this, as I was unaware, it did change something in me as over the years, I have become more aware of my glasses being dirty much sooner than I used to.

    There have been many times where I have sat wearing my glasses and have noticed that they are dirty and then taken action straight away to clean them.

    In the past this really would not have come to my attention and I know that my friend sharing what they did made a huge difference.
    I take much more care of my glasses now, including placing them in their case before I go to sleep at night. Again something that I never used to do.

  2. Thank you for this marvellous blog.

    I am short-sighted and wear both glasses and sunglasses with prescription lenses.

    Reading this blog has been eye-opening for me because, although I take care of my glasses by cleaning them regularly and keeping them in their cases, I have not been cleaning them or taking care of them with a real appreciation for how they support me.

    In contrast to what I have habitually been doing, the cleaning ritual for glasses spelled out in this blog seems to me to show a real appreciation and valuing of what our glasses do for us.

    I find it very inspiring that the author of this blog shows us how we can, through the way we might clean our spectacles daily, bring more appreciation into our lives.

    I’m now very much looking forward to cleaning my glasses in the way that this blog presents because I know that, by bringing appreciation into the process of cleaning my glasses, cleaning my glasses will feel very different from now on.

  3. I had not reflected much before on the statistics around eye problems.

    It is mind boggling to think of how many of us live with vision or eye issues, and to reflect on that incredible statistic that 75% of blindness and ‘moderate to severe visual impairment’ is avoidable, particularly when you think of how debilitating eye and sight issues can be to daily life.

    This blog really brings your awareness to the eyes and what we can be doing to take care of them. Given that 75% avoidability statistic, it feels like this blog would be fantastic reading for school-aged kids and I will certainly be showing it to my children, so they have access to this information and the opportunity to build eye care in to their foundation as they grow up.

    I heard recently that many women apply eye cream way too liberally and too close to the delicate eye tissue.

    Apparently, plastic surgeons doing facelifts tell of being able, during surgery, to scoop out the cream that is pooled in that area, unabsorbed. I have noticed myself that if I put eye cream too close to the eye or if I use even a tiny bit too much, it makes my tear ducts swell up. I have learned to go super-light in both quantity and touch.

    And I can feel from reading the glasses cleaning section above, how in taking care of your eyes, you can really go to town on the details – anything and everything that has to do with these precious bits of the body.

    It is amazing to me, how reading a single blog, can inspire a greater level of enquiry, expression, reflection and care on such an overlooked and important subject. Thank you for this, Simple Living Global.

  4. I can feel my sunglasses are not taken care of to the standard of care this blog invites.

    It is interesting how clear that is to me. It goes to show how aware we are of our standards in life – it feels like we know exactly where we are letting things slide or drift.

    Sometimes all it takes is the reflection of someone else walking the walk to prompt us to step up.

  5. I wear both contact lenses and glasses. Like Shevon I have been wearing my glasses from the age of 5 and my lenses from the age of 12 (I am 48 years old).
    My eyesight was always poor and I was resigned to the fact that this would never change, so I did not pay attention to my eye care. If I took my glasses off or contact lenses out I could barely see in front of me.
    Five years ago Simple Living Global supported me with my eye care. Whilst I attended my yearly check up with the Optician, I did not pay attention and it was a chore. Simple tips such as using drops to lubricate my eyes, closing and opening my eyes gently and most of all connecting to myself to the best of my ability daily made a difference.

    Fast forward to present day, my eyesight has improved to the point my optician cannot believe it. His words “your eyesight should deteriorate with age”. I can also see (though not fully clear) when my glasses are off.
    Just paying attention to my eye care has had a positive impact on my well being.

    The attention to detail in this blog is amazing and I will for sure be using the tips presented to refine my eye care.

  6. The Conversation – 24th September 2019

    Third of children who need glasses aren’t wearing them.
    https://theconversation.com/third-of-children-who-need-glasses-arent-wearing-them-and-this-may-be-impacting-their-academic-social-and-emotional-learning-121161

    It’s a problem many teachers are familiar with, a student apparently struggling in class, but in fact just suffering from something that’s easily fixed – vision problems – with an inexpensive pair of glasses.

    It’s estimated that more than 3.4 million children aged four to sixteen in the UK have been diagnosed with a vision problem. Indeed, vision screenings are carried out routinely in schools by the NHS and glasses are free.

    Approximately 15% of students fail the screening and a third do not obtain the glasses needed, which can have an impact on their reading and mathematics achievement. But the NHS rules prevent schools from receiving the results of the screening which instead go into letters sent to students’ homes.

    Research shows that in poorer, high-poverty families, or those where parents don’t read English, getting glasses isn’t always a priority. Research in China and the US highlights that disadvantaged children are more likely to experience vision problems and less likely to receive the treatment and eyeglasses they need and also suggests that interventions aren’t always implemented by schools in the way that’s intended.

    A new project has been created where 100 schools will take part in a study of children in a disadvantaged multi-ethnic community that need glasses with the aim of improving their academic, social and emotional learning long term and will see reception year children participate in vision screenings and academic achievement assessments. In half the schools, those who fail the eye assessment will be given glasses. In the other schools, business-as-usual procedures will be followed in that, parents will receive a letter.

    More than one in ten children are estimated to have an undiagnosed common vision problem that affects their learning and development. Yet a quarter of four-to sixteen year olds have never been taken for a vision assessment by their parents – many of whom say they waited for their child to show certain behaviours, such as sitting too close to the television, before taking them for a vision assessment.

    This is obviously a serious problem for our children but I can’t quite understand why only half of the schools who fail the assessment will be given glasses while the other half are left at the mercy of their parents in ensuring they get their glasses if needed.

    Recently, I have had to start to wear glasses so I know the benefit they do bring.

    If a pair of glasses is going to make such a difference to their academic, social and emotional long-term learning, then why aren’t all children given them if required?

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    I have been a regular at my local opticians and it is interesting to see what goes on.

    One thing I have clocked over the recent years is how busy it is and yesterday confirmed its gone up a few more notches to an almost frenzy state.

    Loads of staff and heaps of customers. Waiting area clearly not big enough now and things constantly going wrong with customers not happy.

    My take is that these guys had no idea how busy this business would get when they originally purchased the franchise of a famous named UK opticians.

    This is an industry where business is booming but I doubt any of us would stop and ask the question WHY and HOW has it got to this point?

    The high turnover of staff also is speaking volumes but for the purposes of this comment it is not needed here.

    Back to WHY – waiting around for long periods on 3 occasions without staring at my mobile phone screen or flicking some inhouse magazine, I was asking myself WHY on earth is this place so so busy with people of all backgrounds and ages wanting the services. You can walk in anytime of day and its full on, so it is telling me there is a huge demand and these are the suppliers doing their best to deliver what we want.

    Reading this blog, we are left in no doubt that our eyesight as a race of beings is failing us but WHY?

    WHY are more of us short or long sighted or having some form of eye problem or needing glasses for this or that?

    What is it about us that needs correction with what we see?

    What are we actually seeing when we are receiving light – which is really what we do and then we put it through our own filtering system and see what we want to see.

    What if how we internally ‘see’ ourselves, others and the world actually has an effect on how we then see externally? In other words, our view inside us then is what we cast out there and it reflects back to us.

    What if we don’t truly want to receive what we are really seeing out there and so we have a way to shut down from that as if we did stay totally open then it would mean our awareness would be heightened and perhaps that is something we do not really want?

    What if having more awareness would mean we would need to take more responsibility and we simply are not ready to give up the comfort and the way we currently live which is more about irresponsible living?

    What if all this is about not wanting to have a deep connection with our body because if we did we would be able to feel everything and it is this awareness we don’t really want?

    AND then what if our vision is all about having our awareness confirmed back to us?

    All I know is SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT as our opticians are now looking like the A&E departments – masses turning up and the staff are not able to cope with the high volume of traffic which seems to be getting worse.

    There has to be another way and it feels like we are not looking at what the root cause might be when it comes to vision and our eyes, but instead going for the comfortable option which is a solution to fix us and if it fails, we then demand another solution but never do we stop and consider the how and why.

  8. Thank you for this blog Simple Living Global – cleaning my glasses is now a pleasure to complete.

    I am 56 now and for about 50 of those years I have never needed to wear glasses.

    Even on a routine medical for driving I had when I was 55, I passed my eyesight test so I would have probably carried on ignoring the failing eyesight except I struggled to read any small print, especially if the lighting was not that good.

    So a couple of years ago, aged 54, I ventured into a well-known opticians and had some glasses made for me.

    At first, my self-imposed street cred suffered but once I had worn the glasses for the purpose they were intended, my attitude towards them changed.

    Amazingly enough I can now read the small print with these glasses and I now wear them with a sense of pride.

    Having had sunglasses for most of my life and only cleaned them when I couldn’t actually see out of them, I think I would have carried on this time honoured tradition and treated my new glasses in this same way but reading this blog, has inspired in me, a new found care and approach to something I would have paid very little attention to.

    And it is not just the cleaning of the glasses. It is also taking the care to take them out of the case and put them back in gently. It is making sure they are to hand and they are used even if for a short while. It is treating them with respect because their only job is to help our eyes.

    This blog has shown me that it is OK to care for our glasses in this way and, even more so, that we SHOULD care for our glasses in this way.

    After all, if our glasses are not clean and we can’t see out of them, are we trying to avoid seeing the world or are we trying to avoid the world from seeing us?

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