Look after your sight during the lockdown

As we spend more time using screens during lockdown, it is important to look after our eye health and general well-being. Looking at screens for a long time can cause a strain on eye muscles which can result in discomfort, headaches or changes in vision. An eye charity is recommending people learn the 20-20-20 rule:

20-20-20 rule

Whilst using a screen, remember to give your eyes a rest every 20 minutes by looking at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This should help give your eyes a regular rest.

Other suggestions for looking after your eye health:

  • Try to avoid using screens during breaks and lunches. This will give your eyes a longer rest.
  • Try to use a screen of a suitable size. Larger screens allow you to sit further away, which can be more comfortable. Increasing the size of text on screen can also make it possible to work at a greater distance. Try not to strain your eyes.
  • Try dimming very bright screens, or set your screen to a warmer (more yellow) hue. Some devices have a ‘night mode’ which reduces blue light. These settings can make using your screen more comfortable.
  • Avoid using screens in very dark rooms. It is better to have a comfortable level of ambient light.
  • If you are experiencing eye discomfort, headaches, eye twitches or changes to your vision then it is important to have a break from your screen and seek medical help if necessary. You are allowed to leave home during lockdown in order to get medical help.
  • Try to spend some time outdoors in natural light as this can be beneficial to children’s eye health. However, it is still important to follow the lockdown rules and avoid contact with people from outside your household.
  • Don’t use screens before going to bed as this can affect the quality of your sleep.

For more general information about eye health please see the NHS website. See our other articles for more well-being advice.

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