With January fast approaching many people across Cornwall are making New Year’s resolutions, and Specsavers has advice for those who haven’t given their vision and hearing health the care they need during the past few months.

Stores across the county have already seen a spike of enquiries from customers seeking help for tired, strained eyes caused by extended hours in front of computer and phone screens.

Keep an eye on your screen time

Giles Edmonds, Specsavers 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.’

Turn down the volume

Gordon Harrison, Specsavers chief audiologist, added: ‘It’s not just our eyes that have suffered from our working from home set-ups over the past year. Those who choose to wear headphones should also take note of the damages that full volume virtual meetings could have on our ears. While on full volume, headphones can measure up to 110 decibels, which is a huge 25 decibels above the level of noise where hearing damage occurs.

‘Instead try a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, rather than using volume to tune out the noise. If this isn’t an option, then try not to listen to your headphones at anything more than 60% volume.’

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