We’ve seen a big rise in people concerned about their eyes feeling strained and tiring more easily. During the UK lockdown, we’ve become accustomed to more time indoors and screen-time. So we’ve put together some tips on how to help,
When doing close work, take occasional breaks and rest your eyes by looking away from the digital screen. When we use a screen, our blink rate actually decreases, leading to drier eyes and more strain. Make sure you blink more regularly to keep your eyes lubricated naturally, and reducing these symptoms.
You can even download a free app known as “BLINK” (Android), which give you visual reminders to keep blinking regularly and , keeping your eyes hydrated! A similar “Eyecare 20 20 20” app for IOS is also available.
This is especially important for children, who may not make the connection between extended viewing, eyestrain and the need to rest their eyes regularly.
Over-the-counter artificial tears can help prevent and relieve dry eyes. Pop into our store to ask for advice on which is most suitable for you, and our Optometrists will be able to advise you if you have dry eyes.
When watching television, it may be easier on your eyes if you keep the room softly lit.
When reading printed materials or doing close work, try to position the light source behind you with the light directed onto your page or task. If you’re reading at a desk, use a shaded light positioned in front of you. The shade will keep light from shining directly into your eyes.
Some changes that may help prevent dry eyes include using a humidifier, adjusting the thermostat to reduce blowing air and avoiding smoke. If you smoke, consider quitting. Moving your chair to a different area may help reduce the amount of dry moving air on your eyes and face.
If you need glasses or contacts and work at a computer, consider lenses designed specifically for computer work, such as with a blue UV anti-reflection coating. Ask us about lens coatings and tints that might help too, so we can find what’s best for you.
Our online eye health test is a great way to identify potential issues or just confirm that everything is actually ok. Take this two minute test and if you’re concerned in any way, you can book an eye test appointment or call and speak to our qualified optical people.