People all over Wirral are enjoying holidays at the moment, but when they get back to work many of them will return to spending hours a day in front of a computer screen or tablet.
Computers are used by most people everyday
While computers are a fundamental tool for most jobs, prolonged screen/tablet use can put enormous strain on our eyes and can, in some cases, trigger episodes of visual stress.
Shane Canning, store director at Specsavers Wallasey and Birkenhead, says: ‘A staggering 90 percent of people admit to suffering symptoms of screen fatigue such as headaches, eyestrain and problems with close and distance vision.
Many of us only take a break from screen use to grab some lunch or head off to a meeting, while some workaholics sit in front of their screen all day without a break.
‘Many employees are unaware they can claim a free eye test and a contribution towards the cost of any eyewear required for specific VDU work from their employer if they regularly use a computer monitor at work.’
Specsavers’ top five tips for beating screen fatigue include:
1. Taking frequent breaks; you should break up long spells of computer/tablet use whether at work or for leisure.
2. Plan your work so there are breaks or changes of activity and remember that short, frequent breaks are better than longer, less frequent ones.
3. Creating an eye-friendly environment - dim the lights a little if possible and minimise any glare or reflections.
4. Customising your screen settings - position your monitor an arm's length away, keep your eyes level with the top of the screen, set the screen contrast to a comfortable level, select a font size of 12 points or above and make sure you have a clean screen.
5. Keep blinking regularly - concentrating on the screen for long periods can slow your blink rate, causing discomfort and dryness of the eyes.
Ensure you have reguar eye tests
Everyone should have an eye test at least every two years. If it’s been longer than two years since your last eye test, book another one now.