With most of us spending far more time than usual in front of screens during lockdown, keeping our eyes healthy is more important than ever.

The good news is that the eye health experts at the Specsavers stores in Sussex – currently only open for urgent and essential care – have come up with some tips to help local people avoid eye problems as far as possible while staying connected with the outside world.

Beating eye strain

Staring at a TV or computer screen for hours can cause eye strain, which is the last thing anyone needs when they want to be able to video chat with their family and friends.

Our eyes are not intended to be focused on one thing for a long period of time, so staring at a screen for ages can cause discomfort – which can be worse the smaller the screen is. While eye strain is not usually serious or damaging in the long-term, it can cause headaches, irritated eyes, blurred or double vision and increased sensitivity to light.

Top tips

The good news is, there are things you can do to protect your eyes. You should try to follow the 20:20:20 rule where you can, looking up from your screen every 20 minutes at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Looking into the distance helps relax the focusing muscles of your eyes, which in turn reduces eye fatigue.

You should also make the most of your time outside, even during lockdown, as taking regular screen breaks really matters.

Open for essential care

Customers are being encouraged to call their local Sussex store if they need urgent support with a visual problem, or if they have issues with their glasses, contact lenses or hearing aids.

If anyone is required to attend their local store, they will be asked to do so – and key workers will be prioritised.

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