Eyesight

Feeling a bit goggle eyed? Or find yourself squinting at the TV?

Did you know?

Each of us spends an average of 2,740 hours (or three and a half months) a year staring at a screen! So, it’s probably no surprise that 90% of computer users say they regularly suffer from screen fatigue – headaches, sore or tired eyes and problems with close-up and long-distance vision.

TOP TIPS

Take frequent breaks
Give your eyes a rest by following the 20-20-20 rule. Look away from your screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds and focus on objects 20 feet away!

Create an eye-friendly environment
Position copy documents at roughly the same distance as your eyes are from the screen to avoid having to continually refocus, dim the lights – the ratio of ambient (surrounding) light to monitor light should be three to one – and minimise any glare or reflections.

Customise your screen settings
Position your monitor at arm’s length away and keep your eyes level with the top of the screen. Select a font size of 12pts or above and make sure you have a clean screen.

Keep blinking!
Your blink rate can fall by up to 400% when working at a screen. For an instant refresh try closing your eyes and rolling your eyeballs around behind the closed lids.

And, finally make sure you have regular eye tests.

Not a Computer user? Remember it’s still important to look after your eyes.

Regular check ups
Get your eyes tested every 2 years even if you think your vision is fine. Some eye conditions, for example open angle glaucoma, may not show any noticeable symptoms so regular check-ups are vital.

Quit the habit
If you smoke, you have another good reason to kick the habit. Smoking is directly linked to blindness. Current smokers are up to 4 times more likely to develop macular degeneration (the UK’s leading cause of blindness) compared to past smokers or non smokers.

It’s all relative
Talk to your relatives about their eye health as some eye conditions have genetic links such as glaucoma or squint.It is important that you share this information with your optometrist or eye health professional.

Be cool in the sun
Protect your eyes when it is sunny or when you’re in high glare areas such as near snow or water. Cumulative UV exposure can increase your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Look out for the CE, UV 400 or British Standard marks – this ensures they provide a safe level of protection from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays.

For more information on looking after your eyes please visit: www.visionmatters.org.uk

Information sourced from www.visionmatters.org.uk