With large numbers of people missing their regular eye tests during periods of lockdown this year, the experts at the Specsavers stores across Dorset are urging people to resolve to look after their vision in 2021.

All the stores are currently open as normal despite ongoing restrictions and have taken steps to keep staff and customers safe, so you can book a test where you live with confidence.

Increase in eye strain

And lockdown hasn’t just led to people missing their regular check-ups. With more of us working from home than ever before, opticians have seen a rise in the number of people reporting eye strain and dry eyes.

While these are unlikely to cause permanent damage, they can be uncomfortable and can be avoided by taking regular screen breaks.

Watch your screen time

‘A great New Year’s resolution we can all make in 2021 is keeping check of our screen time stats,’ says Giles Edmonds, Specsavers clinical services director.

‘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.’

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