Looking After Your Eyes in Lockdown
Who’d have thought that a year ago we’d be on the brink of spending most of the next twelve months indoors?
For many the daily commute has become a distant memory and the humble dining room table has transformed into the focal point for work, homework, eating, reading and crafting.
Other than getting out into the fresh air (and rain, snow and sunshine) for our allotted exercise and essential shopping trips we’re holed up in our homes each day for a big old chunk of time. It’s been stressful, worrying, eye-opening and a dozen other adjectives. Not to mention that relationships have both developed and been stretched to breaking point!
With indoor life comes a whole new way of living. One where screens are king and small print and close work becomes the everyday. We’re reading and Zooming and watching and doing everything at close quarters.
So, how does this lifestyle affect our precious vision?
Screens, screens, screens
When we’re not toiling on our laptops and home computers, we’re curled up with our Kindle or watching television as a family.
Digital has taken over! And it’s not necessarily a bad thing. But there are consequences. A recent YouGov poll revealed that nearly 50% of respondents had dramatically increased their screen time since the beginning of the pandemic. And a shocking 33% reported that they felt their vision had worsened during lockdown. Eek!
But screens help us earn a living, catch up with loved ones and escape to another world. All in one 24-hour period.
Peering at bright screens is clearly perilous for our peepers but for most of us it’s not practical to stop, so how can we counteract the negative side effects of screen use?
You spent hours focusing on a work task just to get it done. Or maybe you’d started an exciting crafting project and before you knew it, three hours had passed!
By adopting the Pomodoro Technique you’ll save yourself a pair of tired eyes. It’s simple and easy to work into your daily routine: every twenty-five minutes give yourself a five-minute break. And by break, we mean leaving your desk, not visiting Facebook. Ideally, you’ll go out into the garden for some air and a chance to check out the wildlife. Or, if that’s not possible, look out of the window. Why? By looking into the distance you’ll train your eyes. Yes! Close-up work weakens our visual ability, causing blurriness, headaches and neck pain.
(Don’t forget, if you’re worried about your eyes, get in touch with us. We’re still open for eye tests!)
You can pamper your peepers in other ways. Consider the wonderfully simple 20-20-20 method, a short and sweet means of soothing tired eyes. All you have to do is:
Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
TOP TIP – If you’re worried you’ll forget, set a regular alarm on your phone to remind you.The same applies for the Pomodoro technique.
The absolute best thing you can do for your vision is to book in regular eye tests (at least every two years, depending on your current needs). That way we can accurately assess whether you need glasses or an updated prescription.
With our expert help you can continue to enjoy screen time, so if you’re experiencing blurry vision, headaches and general eye strain then get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to help!