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Protect your eyes whilst working from home


While many of us are forced to work remotely, experts recommend sticking to our daily routine as much as possible even from home. It is important to keep busy while working and staying connected with friends and family online, yet this has resulted in us spending significantly longer time in front of a screen. Studies have shown that we blink up to 70% less when looking at a screen, which may result in eye strain, headaches, dryness, and blurred vision.

Follow these 5 tips to ensure your eyes stay healthy during (and after) Covid-19 lockdown.

1. Set up your work station correctly - It might be difficult to recreate at home, but the right set up is crucial to keeping your vision healthy and also being productive. Avoid sitting in bed with your laptop and opt for a table instead. We recommend using a big screen, which should be placed 40 cm away from your eyes. Ensure the room is sufficiently bright, possibly with natural light.

2. Follow the 20-20-20 rule - Frequent breaks are important, especially when you’re looking at digital devices all the time. The 20-20-20 rule can really save your eyes: every 20 minutes look away from the screen for 20 seconds, at something that’s 20 feet away. This will give your eyes enough rest.

3. Keep yourself hydrated - You probably didn’t know that drinking plenty of water is the easiest and quickest way to avoid dry eyes (staying hydrated has a number of other benefits too!) Remember to always have a glass of water by your home work station, as it will help you to drink more of it throughout the day.

4. Use eye drops - Eye drops can really help maintain your eye health. Even if you aren’t experiencing any eye discomfort, eye drops soothe your eyes instantly and keep them clean them from impurities and protein deposits, especially if you wear contact lenses. There are eye drops that are perfectly compatible with contact lenses, so feel free to reach out if you need advice.

5. Prioritise your post-lockdown eye test - If you haven't checked your vision in a while, add booking an eye test to your post-lockdown priorities. Our optoms will check the overall health of your eyes as well as any prescription changes.

Meanwhile, if you are worried about your eyes or your vision, our staff can discuss symptoms with you and advise accordingly. If your query needs to be referred to an optometrist, a phone consultation can also be arranged.

Similarly, you can contact us if you have lost or broken your glasses or require new contact lenses. Call 07751288527 with details, and we will call you back within 24 hours.