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February 03, 2021

Ah, the first Valentine’s Day during Covid times. Nothing says love like a face mask, a gallon of hand sanitizer, and social distancing! Thanks to pandemic protocol, many couples find themselves deflated at the prospect of staying at home in lieu of a romantic night out. Unfortunately for all of us, the ambiance of a crowded restaurant is simply not worth the risk. Don’t worry, we’re not going to suggest a romantic couples’ trip to the optometrist (although you SHOULD  schedule  your regular eye exam), but we ARE going to offer some romantic eye-related gifts that might surprise you. 

Eye-Friendly Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

Chocolates. I don’t know about you, but the first thing I associate with Valentine’s Day is CHOCOLATE. According to the  American Academy of Ophthalmology,  studies have shown that chocolate contains eye-friendly flavanols that help protect the blood vessels in your eyes. Thanks to the positive impact on blood flow,  the enhanced oxygen and nutrients to the blood vessels of the eye could potentially sharpen vision. Keep in mind that dark chocolate is where it’s at, as it contains between 50 and 90% of cocoa flavonols. 

Berries. There are  plenty of foods  that help improve eye health, but berries are perfect for Valentine’s Day (go crazy and dip them in dark chocolate, it’s a win-win). For health conscious couples, this might be a better idea than a box of truffles. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which can help with eye-swelling, dryness, vision defects and macular degeneration. Blueberries are chock-full of antioxidants that bolster collagen structure in the retina, protect your retina against harmful UV rays, prevent blockages in retinal arteries, lower high blood pressure, and more. If you’re really feeling Pinterest-y, take an assortment of berries and shape them into a heart!

New Specs/Shades. Has your honey had their eye on a new pair of designer glasses or shades? Tradewinds offers a ton of unique and trendy options, from  chic designs made in the USA  to classic,  west coast-inspired frames. Worried about the cost? We’ve got you covered withSunbit, an easy-to-manage financing program that allows customers to pay over 90 days with no interest.

Eye-Friendly Makeup. The gift of glamour is always a good idea! Remember, not all makeup is created equal. Eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of the body, so choose your products wisely. Certain ingredients like color additives, sulfates, parabens, and fragrances can cause irritation to sensitive eyes. Buy products that have been clinically tested and opt for gentle ingredients that moisturize and slow down the aging process (eye serums, for example). Check out Thrive cosmetics!

For The Athletes. Is your significant other an athlete? Runners could always use a nice pair of wrap-around sunglasses with full UV protection!  Sunglasses  are one of the easiest ways to protect your eye health, especially in the warmer months. If they’re on a sports team, be sure to buy them appropriate protective eyewear. If they enjoy swimming, look into purchasing a new pair of  swim goggles  (they’re more important than you think). 

Sleep Mask. If your partner deserves a good night’s sleep, consider picking up a soft sleep mask for them! Never underestimate the importance of sleep on eye health; a lack of shut eye can lead to dry, itchy, bloodshot eyes that are more prone to infection.Be sure to pick a darker color to prevent light from passing through. 

Blue Light Blockers. Are you concerned that your significant other is spending too much time in front of their devices?  Blue light  from our tablets, phones, laptops and televisions have been linked toage-related macular degeneration and other retinal problems. Blue light also suppresses the secretion of melatonin, interrupting our sleep cycles. To combat this, consider buying your sweetheart some  blue light blocking filters  for their glasses.

Produce Boxes. If you’re in the mood to cook an eye-healthy meal this Valentine’s Day, why not purchase a subscription to a CSA (community support agriculture) box? A year-long subscription would be a great gift on its own! These regular produce deliveries provide eye-healthy fruits and vegetables straight to your door. Even better, with most subscriptions you are able to request your mix of produce. For better eye health, opt for dark, leafy vegetables and citrus when in season. 

If your partner has yet to schedule their annual eye exam, why not  schedule an appointment  for them today? In the meantime, have a happy and healthy Valentine’s Day!