With 2021 just around the corner, the experts in eyes and ears at the Specsavers stores across Norfolk are ready to support local people resolving to put healthy vision and hearing first.

Over the course of the pandemic, many more people have been working from home than ever before, and that has led to a spike in people complaining of tired and strained eyes which, while not causing permanent damage, can be pretty uncomfortable.

Reducing 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.’

Watch out for your headphones

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.’

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