Each of us spends an average of 2,740 hours (or 3 1/2 months) a year staring at a screen.  It’s probably no surprise that 90% of VDU users say they regularly suffer from screen fatigue – headaches, sore or tired eyes and problems with close-up and long distance vision.

By being Screen Smart you can help minimise your risk of suffering visual distress and keep your eyes feeling fresh and bright.

Here are our quick tips to help minimise screen fatigue :

Take frequent breaks – give your eyes a rest by following the 20-20-20 rule.  Look away from your screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds and focus on objects 20 feet away!

Create an eye-friendly environment – position copy documents at roughly the same distance as your eyes are from the screen to avoid having to continually refocus, dim the lights – the ratio of ambient (surrounding) light to monitor light should be three to one – and minimise any glare or reflections.

Customise your screen settings – position your monitor an arms length away and keep your eyes level with the top of the screen.  Select a font size of 12 pts or above and make sure that you always have a clean screen.

Keep blinking – Your blink can fall by up to 400% when working at a screen

For an instant refresh, try closing your eyes and rolling your eyeballs around behind the closed lids.

For more eye health advice speak to our ophthalmic opticians who are happy to help in any way they can.


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