A Sight for Sore Eyes

A Sight for Sore Eyes

Taking a break

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 (when guidelines permit) has a positive impact on vision development.

Creating the right environment

Avoid working in low light. If possible, sit near a window when you need to see something clearly (like working at your computer, or when reading a book).

Your central heating can dry your eyes out - if they're feeling dry, open a window, even if it’s only briefly. Investing in a humidifier will also help.

If you're spending a lot of time in front of screens (i.e. you're a human being in a global pandemic), we offer blue filter lenses, available to order online and in store. We find taking a rest or using the night mode function on your smartphone can also really help.

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.