If you and your family are spending more time staring at screens or electronic devices during lockdown, your eyes might be feeling the strain.

Eye strain is not normally serious or damaging to your eyes, but it can be uncomfortable, causing sore or tired eyes, dry eyes, blurred or double vision, increased light sensitivity, difficulty focusing and headaches.

Advice from the experts

The good news is that the eye health experts at the Specsavers stores across Somerset have some great advice for you on how to reduce the strain – and the pain.

They recommend taking regular screen breaks, and trying to get out for a walk when you can in order to give your eyes a proper rest.

Take regular breaks

When you have to stare at a screen for any length of time, they recommend following the 20:20:20 rule. This means stopping what you are doing and taking your eyes away from the screen every 20 minutes. You should then look at something 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds as this helps relax your eye muscles.

And it isn’t just your eyes that could be feeling the strain. If you are spending more time using headphones than usual, you could be damaging your hearing.

Keep the volume down

Gordon Harrison, chief audiologist for Specsavers, said: ‘Normal levels of conversation are about 65 decibels, which is almost half the levels you get at places like concerts and events. However, when we listen to music or watch videos while wearing headphones it is easy to let the volume creep up – especially if trying to cancel out background noise.

‘The fact is, children (and adults) should listen at less than half the maximum volume for no more than half an hour of time. Exceeding this could eventually result in hearing loss or tinnitus.’

Open for care

The Specsavers stores across Somerset are currently closed for all routine testing, but are open for urgent and essential care and to support fellow local key workers.

So if you or a family member have a problem with your eyes or hearing, or need support with your glasses, contact lenses or hearing aids, give your local store a call.

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