How To Protect Your Eyes From Screen Fatigue

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Boots Opticians Senior Clinical Services Manager, Kyla Black, shares top tips to help avoid eye strain and dry eyes during lockdown.
“As many adapt to working from home it is likely this will involve increased use of digital screens. With everything from board meetings, entertainment and catching up with friends now taking place via a screen, it is important to consider the impact on our eyes and comfort.”

Take Frequent Breaks

“Viewing the faces and expressions of your colleagues on a screen will likely mean we are now focusing at a much closer range than we’re used to. It is important to take regular breaks and allow our eyes to look beyond the screen and relax. Apply the 20-20-20 rule every 20 minutes – look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. That will give your eye muscles a break.”

Adjust Your Screen Position

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“Position your screen at least 40cm away from your eyes, the further the better. It is advisable to keep paper documents at the same range as your screen.”

Blink Frequently

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“We tend to blink less frequently when concentrating or looking at screens. Remember to blink regularly and if you are affected by dry eyes, consider lubricating drops.”

Adjust Your Lighting

“Lighting in your new home office should be set at a level that allows documents and screens to be read easily – consider using an angle poise lamp to achieve this. Try to close the blinds or curtains on any windows reflected on your screen”

Switch From Contacts To Glasses

“Wearing contact lenses for extended periods of time can cause dry eyes which can become uncomfortable and lead to more frequent touching and rubbing of the eyes. If you find that your eyes are becoming dry, switch to wearing glasses while in front of the screen.”

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Moira Chisholm

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