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Do your eyes need a digital detox?

22 August, 2016
Do you need a digital detox

At Specsavers we recognise that many people are unaware of the potential damage that digital devices can cause to sight. A recent research* revealed data indicating that the average person spends about 8 hours and 30 minutes a day on electronic devices! Following these findings, we have provided our top tips so you can keep your eyes fresh and use your devices too.

Life/technology balance

The new data from Ofcom has revealed that 15 million internet users have taken a ‘digital detox’ in a bid to strike a better life/technology balance. Following warnings about the potentially harmful effects of over-exposure to digital technology, including a deterioration in eye health, Specsavers in Penarth is sharing top tips on how to limit the impact and protect your eyes.

  • Rest your eyes - Regularly look away from your computer screen and focus on distant objects. For example, take a minute to stare out of the window. Looking far away relaxes the focusing muscle inside the eye, which in turn reduces eye fatigue.
  • Take regular screen breaks - It is important to take a step away from your computer screen now and then. For example, take a break from your computer by getting up to make a drink.
  • Use adequate lighting - Eye strain is often caused by excessive sunlight coming in through the window or by bright room lighting. Use curtains or blinds to reduce the brightness of the sun, and try and avoid sitting under big overhead fluorescent lights.
  • Reduce glare - Glare reflected from your computer screen, can cause eye strain. An anti-glare screen attached to your monitor can help and if you wear glasses, try an anti-glare coating on your lenses.
  • Adjust your monitor's settings - Adjusting your computer’s display settings can help reduce eye strain and fatigue. Make sure the brightness is the same as the surroundings and adjust the text size and contrast so that it is comfortable to read. Black print on a white background is the best combination for comfort.
  • Have an eye test - Regular eye examinations are essential for clear, comfortable vision as well as offering a broader health assessment. If you use Visual Display Units for the majority of the working day, The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 stipulates your employer is required to pay for regular sight tests.

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* Research was carried out by Silentnight.