Looking out for your mental wellbeing

29 October 2021
Autumn 2021

Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom, Clinical Adviser for the College, on how optometrists should attend to their health and mental wellbeing.

Almost five years ago, I wrote a blog post, ‘Is testing eyes bad for my health?’, regarding my concerns that optometrists are sedentary while at work, and that they should take action. The World Health Organization continues to recommend that adults should spend at least 150 minutes each week completing a moderate-intensity activity in order to reduce the risk of obesity and long-term health problems (WHO, 2020). Adults who are sedentary for more than seven hours a day are considered to be particularly at risk: my experience in practice at the time suggested this might apply to many optometrists.

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