For a lot of people, January is the time for New Year’s resolutions to do something to improve their health and wellbeing.

And the experts at the Specsavers stores across Devon are urging people to make their eye and hearing health a priority in 2021.

Missed eye tests

Over the course of the pandemic restrictions in 2020, many people missed their regular eye tests and have reported a deterioration of their vision.

Stores have also seen a rise in the number of people asking for help with dry eyes and eye strain, largely caused by spending more time staring at screens.

Keep an eye on your screen time

Giles Edmonds, clinical services director, said: ‘A great New Year’s resolution we can all make in 2021 is keeping check of our screen time stats. Most phones have a feature to let you review your screen time use, allowing you to take action if you are going above your usual average.

‘If you can’t help but be on screens for a large amount of your day, try the 20-20-20 rule, taking a break from screens every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.’

Book an appointment today

Regular eye tests help pick up problems early and can help prevent avoidable sight loss, as well as detecting wider health concerns too.

There is currently high demand for eye appointments so Specsavers is asking anyone who is unable to attend an appointment to let the store know so the slot can be freed up for someone else.

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