My Tired, Stinging Mombie Eyes

When I was younger, I was obsessed with glasses – to the point where I would lie at the opticians over how well I could see all the illuminated letters. The optician was wise to it and knew exactly what I was up to, but eventually I ended up needing a pair when I was 13 years old. In those days, there wasn’t really such a thing as “screen time”. No mobiles, computer or laptop…just a television and to be honest the sporty boys in the house dominated that side of things so I wasn’t exactly glued to it!

But fast forward 10 years or so and it was another story. I started working hard at my career, spending hours a day in front of an Excel spreadsheet and even after clocking off, I’d be staring at Facebook on my phone. I know I’m not alone here, so many of us are glued to our screens and feel slightly lost when we don’t know where our smartphone is. I even confessed recently that sometimes I turn my phone upside down so I can’t see the notifications as I just can’t ignore them.

One thing that is such a noticeable change is how tired my eyes feel these days  – as a new mum, with sleep deprivation on top of all these hours in front of the blue light, it’s no wonder that they feel dry and sting at the end of the day. It’s clear to me that I just need to take care of them a bit better – much better than I have been doing so far. So I’ve been drinking more water, using eye drops at the end of the day and just taking a rest from the screen during the day where I can. Even if it means actually leaving the building for my lunch break (shock horror) and I’m finding that the fresh air is doing me the world of good.

Especially in these colder months, I think it’s so important for mums to look after themselves too. After all, we spend all our energy remembering the coats, hats and scarves for our mini humans but sometimes completely forget about number one! Apparently it starts from when we are pregnant and the hormone levels go way off balance…right the way until we are sleep deprived mombies with hardly a moment to rest our eyes throughout the day. For me, it’s making the world of difference.

50 Comments

  1. February 21, 2017 / 6:19 am

    I now take hourly breaks from my computer thanks to dry eyes. I’ve also gotten my glasses coated to reduce glare from the screen. I could only imagine how much worse I would feel if I had to add fatigue to that. #DreamTeam
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  2. February 21, 2017 / 6:58 am

    I’ve started wearing my glasses more instead of my contacts because my eyes get so dry, especially at work when I’m staring at a screen all day. Sleep deprivation doesn’t help! #DreamTeam
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  3. February 21, 2017 / 7:24 am

    I haven’t gotten my eyes checked in quite a long time, but pregnant with #2, it’s become obvious that I need glasses. Which will be a difficult transition for me because my ears start to ache just wearing sunglasses for an hour. And my eyes are way too sensitive for me to ever be able to use contact lenses. Oh well. Life goes on.
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  4. February 21, 2017 / 7:25 am

    So true. I used to wear glasses when I worked in front of a screen all day. After I had my girls though the optician said I didn’t even need glasses anymore. Another weird thing that happened due to pregnancy. But taking care of your eyes is so very important. Great post. #dreamteam

  5. February 21, 2017 / 7:37 am

    With all the time in front of the PC, i find that I wear my glasses more often. It is easier to take them off to give my eyes a rest than using contacts. And with sleep deprivation, I have forgotten to take out my contacts once or twice…. #dreamteam

  6. February 21, 2017 / 8:01 am

    I never thought about drinking more water to help with dry eye. My biggest problem with screen time is sleep disturbance, which is, of course, my fault. #dreamteam

  7. February 21, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Interesting post about something we often don’t really think about and like you said often as mummies we forget to take of ourselves even though it’s important too. Tips sound like a good idea, if I remember to do them!
    I definitely find myself doing the same thing turning my phone over so I don’t see the notifications!

  8. February 21, 2017 / 8:57 am

    Oh, you’re so right – all this screen time plays havoc with my eyes too! I drink heaps of water and that does help and you have to take regular breaks – to get outside and just let your eyes stretch is heaven! #DreamTeam
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  9. February 21, 2017 / 9:11 am

    I’m still not comfortable with wearing glasses. I’m in denial that it’s my age! I hate being reliant on them. You’re right, it’s so important to look after your eyes. Alison x #DreamTeam

  10. February 21, 2017 / 9:52 am

    It is all to do with hormones. That’s why we often end up needing glasses during adolesence. I hate wearing my glasses and wish k could wear contacts full time but I just don’t find them comfortable enough. #DreamTeam
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  11. February 21, 2017 / 10:52 am

    So true we must look after ourselevs, honey and warm water is supposed to be a great eye rinse! #DreamTeam
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  12. February 21, 2017 / 11:47 am

    Such a good post to remind us to look after ourselves and my eyes often feel so tired and itchy. I am taking myself to a much needed appointment at the optician this week as you’re so right, we spend all our time looking after our little people, that we forget about ourselves. I also was desperate for glasses from the age of 10 and used to try to trick the optician! I fiinally got some but they were awful thick plastic pink NHS ones as my parents wouldn’t fork out for anything remotely cool so I learnt my lesson! #dreamteam

  13. February 21, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    I love my glasses and wouldn’t be with out them. I’d definitely fall over more! Resting your eyes is so important. Mine sometimes get so tired. Thanks for the reminder

  14. February 21, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    I think my eyes are the ONLY part of my body that has not yet gone rogue on me.

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  15. February 21, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    I’ve had glasses since 14 and hated them but they are much cooler these days! I always treat my eyes to an expensive eye mask every so often, it not only revives them but means I actually have to lie still with my eyes closed for 20 minutes!!
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  16. February 21, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    I feel you!! I LOVE putting eye drops in my eyes – I need to go and buy some. It’s such a nice feeling. Hubby thinks I’m really weird about this!! 😀 #DreamTeam
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  17. February 21, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    I have glasses for tele and reading time and I NEVER wear them! I really should as their getting worse, I need to go back and have them retested but there is always something/someone else that NEEDS things! I really need to make that 20 mins just for me!

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  18. February 21, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    I need to rest my eyes because I have been finding that my sight has been getting slightly worse. I wear glasses anyway but have started to really notice that I can’t see when I have them off now. haha. Oh dear.

    🙂

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  19. February 21, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    I’ve always found sitting in front of a screen makes my eyes so tired. Thankfully, I no long work in an office, but still spend far too much time in front of a screen. #DreamTeam
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  20. February 21, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    My eyes get so tired from sitting in front of a computer all day long. And now since I have started blogging I am in front of a computer all night too! #dreamteam
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  21. February 21, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    I definitely need to get my eyes tested again. I’m also bad for not really taking a break at work, although I’m lucky in that I often have meetings which are spread out across a campus, meaning I have to leave my desk to at least walk to them, more often than not outside. But I need to take a break, a proper break more often. Good advice! #DreamTeam
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  22. February 21, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    I need to take breaks from the computer too. Things start to get blurry after a while and trying to see through the blur gives me headaches. #DreamTeam

  23. February 21, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    The longer I wear and need my glasses, the more I depend upon. Which annoys the life out of me. But I am very grateful for anti-glare! #DreamTeam

  24. February 21, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    I can completely relate to this. It becomes instinct to put your little person first but when we work ourselves into the ground it affects everyone. As I’m typing this is almost 10pm so I should probably follow your advice and put my laptop away!!!! #DreamTeam
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  25. February 21, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    I hated my glasses and was desperate for contact lenses, but my eyes were so dry during me pregnancy I went back to glasses and I love them now. #dreamteam
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  26. February 21, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    I’ve got mombie eyes too and they didn’t get any better after having baby girl. I’m actually due for another eye test (yearly for me as I had Gestational Diabetes which plays havoc on the old peepers) and scared to find myself with a stronger prescription and even thicker lenses! LOL #DreamTeam

  27. February 22, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Sed care can be so tough to prioritise! #dreamteam

  28. February 22, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I agree totally.My eyesight is rapidly deteriorating due to oldageness.When I cuddle my children I can’t see their faces!!!Wtf!!.Am ignoring it completely in a misguided maverick manner.#DreamTeam

  29. February 22, 2017 / 10:11 am

    I think you are absolutely right! Our poor eyes are so neglected nowadays. I can actually feel the relief sometimes when I look up from the screen and out of the window. I think that getting outside in your lunch break is a great thing to do as it’s so tempting sometimes to just carry on working at your desk or catch up on the blog! Thank you for hosting #DreamTeam with me xx
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  30. February 22, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    I’ve always had issues with my eyes – even having groundbreaking surgery at 2 years old where they tightened my eye muscles. I wore glasses as a child until my teens where i refused in an attempt to get mum to agree to contacts. When she caved the optician told me the operation must have actually been a success when i was little as my eyesight was 20-20.
    Cut to adult life where I spend so much life infront of screens I should get my eyes tested to check they’re healthy. but I dont like the idea of spending £25 just for a test. I’ll wait for a free voucher and get it done then!! #dreamteam

  31. February 22, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    My eyesight got worse once I finished uni and was working in front of a computer all day. I now have to wear glasses all the time. I spend less time at the screen now but the damage is done! #dreamteam

  32. February 22, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Having been diagnosed with type 2 in pregnancy I soon became aware of the fact that your eye sight deteriorate in pregnancy. It’s surprising and shocking how many people don’t realise it happens. #DreamTeam
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  33. February 23, 2017 / 12:41 am

    Since having Rory I’ve started wearing my glasses a lot more. It’s easier than messing around with lenses and helps stop me from getting dry eyes. Great tip about drinking more water! #DreamTeam
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  34. February 23, 2017 / 8:04 am

    My small one lost my glasses… I have one good eye and one useless one, I will go book an eyetest today! #Dreamteam

  35. February 23, 2017 / 10:42 am

    My mummy has ‘mombie’ eyes too! She also looks at a screen for hours at work so needs to start taking regular screen breaks and eye drops too! #DreamTeam x
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  36. February 24, 2017 / 8:14 am

    I can’t thread a needle anymore! What’s that all about?!!!

  37. February 24, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I need to take more breaks from my computer definitely. Starting a blog has not helped that situation :-). I do think drinking more water helps as well. #DreamTeam

  38. February 25, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    I have contacts but live mostly in my glasses because my eyes are so dry – I went on medicine for my skin in my twenties and they’ve not been the same since. I can’t wear them in air con/ the car as the heaters dry them out. I also find I need to watch how much screen time I have as they feel worse then. Drops help me when I do wear my contacts xx #DreamTeam
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  39. February 27, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    I have worn glasses all my life and contacts for the last 10 years
    Being pregnant definitely made my eyes drier and they get achey and sting more at the end of a long day now.xx #dreamteam
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  40. February 27, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    My eyes sting at the end of most days. I might try the eye drops, that sounds like a good idea #DreamTeam

  41. March 4, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    I really should wear my glasses full time I’m blind as a bat but I just can’t be bothered and try to make do without! I have a lot of accidents haha! Xx

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