Many people have found themselves working from home since Covid-19 lockdowns were introduced. This had led to an increase in time spent in front of a computer screen.
More screen time can lead to problems ranging from sore eyes to neck or back ache and there are some very simple steps you can take to help yourself.
Make sure you have the most up to date glasses and prescription for VDU use. The recommended recall period for eye tests is usually 2 years so if your last test was longer than this, an expired prescription could lead to headaches and eye strain. High street practices remain open - so make sure you get a test, then simply upload your prescription copy to www.justspecs.co.uk and we will kit you out with some fabulous new specs!
Get your screen in the correct position. Your screen should be slightly below your eye line not above it. This is because when you look at screen distance your eyes naturally converge (turn in and down slightly). If you have to look up at any area of your screen this can cause eye strain as your eyes have to counteract this natural slight down turn. The top of your screen should be no higher than eye level.
The background behind your screen should not be too bright – so don’t place your screen in front of a window. It will cause glare, brightness and distraction which can over-tire your eyes. A plain wall behind your screen is best and a window off to the side is fine.
Some people find a benefit in reducing blue light from the screen by having a blue blocking coating on their glasses. Once you have selected a frame and entered your prescription, simply add our Blue Protect lens option to your basket.
Regular breaks are vital – every 20 minutes take a 20 second break, look 20 feet away to relax the eye muscles and blink 20 times. This is important because blink rate reduces dramatically when looking at a screen which affects the delicate tear film protecting the surface of the eyes. Artificial tears are a good idea to keep on your desk and pop a drop in every few hours to keep your eyes feeling fresh.