Are your eyes feeling more strained then usual? 👀
20th January 2021
EYE strain and other sight-related issues have increased
significantly since the first pandemic lockdown as new research finds 42% of
people have noticed their sight deteriorate since March 2020.
This is almost double the number of people noticing sight deterioration
during the first lockdown (22%), as reported by the College of Optometrists.
Yet, the new study by high street opticians Specsavers shows that nearly
half (44%) of those suffering any deterioration are yet to address the issue
and see an optician.
This supports a recent YouGov survey by the charity Fight for
Sight, which also found more people experiencing headaches and
migraines, as well as difficulty reading and poorer night vision.
Edmonds, Specsavers clinical services director, says: ‘It’s important that
anyone noticing a change in their vision gets it seen to right away. While
usually this is down to a change in prescription or from our eyes feeling
tired, in other cases it can be something more serious.
He advises to:
20:20:20 rule: look up from
your screen every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away for at least 20
seconds. Looking into the distance helps relax the focusing muscles of your
eyes, which in turn reduces eye fatigue.
your workstation: Adjusting your screen settings to ensure that the brightness and contrast are
balanced correctly can help, as well as making fonts larger. Also be mindful
of how your workstation is positioned. Adjust your screen so it is 15-20
degrees below eye level and around 50-70cm away from the eyes and make sure
your room is properly lit to avoid squinting.
Reduce glare: Reflections
on your computer screen can cause glare and lead to eye strain. Try
reducing this by attaching an anti-glare screen to your monitor or windows to
avoid external light shining onto the screen. Glasses wearers can also have lenses
treated with an anti-glare coating, such as Specsavers UltraClear SuperClean,
to help limit the impact of light reflections on your eyes to reduce eye
strain. They are also smudge and scratch resistant, which help to give an
overall clearer view of your screen too
Update your lenses to suit your
lifestyle: Those who
wear varifocals could also consider special lenses such as Specsavers’
SuperDigital lenses. Unlike traditional varifocals, the near vision zone in
SuperDigital lenses is designed to cater for the way we hold our phones, making
it easier to transition between viewing screens and looking further away. This
is because phones are generally held at a closer, higher position that can be
difficult to adjust to.
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