A Sight for Sore Eyes

A Sight for Sore Eyes

As we go into lockdown, we’re waving goodbye to our daily commutes, lunchtime strolls to Pret, and catch ups around the kettle.

Instead, many of us will be guilty of replacing these short moments of respite with screens, screens, and more screens.

We blink up to five times less than normal when we’re looking at a screen, and as our screen time inevitably increases, it’s important to take steps to counteract the strain it causes.

Our Senior Optometrist, Betony, advises practising the 20-20-20 method daily.

“Every twenty minutes, take a twenty second break and look twenty feet away from your screen.”

Betony also advises giving yourself a full ten minutes break once an hour to allow your eyeballs a bit of rest. If it's been two hours and you haven't had a break, take twenty minutes, and so on.

Daily time outdoors (at a safe distance from others) is not only good exercise for your body and mind, but your eyes too. It’s doubly important for those with young children, as research shows that at least two hours outside everyday has a positive impact on vision development.

Other ways to keep your ocular equipment in good nick include embracing the night mode function on your smartphone and switching off your devices at least an hour before going to bed, no matter how tempting it is to mindlessly scroll through Coronavirus memes.

If we make it to the ripe old age of 95, our eyelids will have covered over 12,000 miles, the equivalent of travelling halfway around the world, so it’s important to remember to give them the odd break along the way.

If you have any questions about your eye health and would like to speak with Betony of one of our incredible optometrists, we’re offering video call appointments seven days a week, free of charge.

To book, contact our customer services team here.