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A guide to keeping your eyes healthy as you work from home

Post on 14th January 2021

With more children being home schooled again and a lot of people working from home – some even for the last 9 months – you may have your new routine carved out and be happy with your WFH setup. But is this setup helping or hindering your eyes? Can you do more to help keep your eyesight in tip-top condition when working or studying from home.

Check your lighting

Now you’re not in the office or your kids aren’t at school, finding the right space to study or work may be difficult. Low light conditions can cause eye strain and make them feel tired and irritated. The best place to setup your computer is somewhere with natural light, but this may not always be possible. If you find you need a desk lamp to see better, opt for one with an LED bulb; they give out a softer light, which is better for your eyes.

Don’t forget to blink!

It is well noted that we don’t blink as often when we’re staring at screens, and as most of us no longer get the water cooler/coffee break chats, you may find you’re spending more time staring at a screen, with less breaks! It may feel a bit alien and take some time to master, but if you get into the habit of blinking more when staring at your screen, you’ll add a bit more moisture to eyes – which can help with irritation and dry eye.

20-20-20 rule

We’re spending so much more time looking at screens, for work, home learning and pleasure, but this increase in screen time can lead to eye strain. That’s why we recommend taking regular breaks and practicing the 20-20-20 rule; where every 20 minutes, you stare at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Screen position/setup

It’s a good idea to make sure your screen is in the right position and settings, such as brightness, are at a comfortable level – as the lighting conditions at home will be different from the office/school. Ideally, your screen should be positioned at or slightly below eye level, around an arms’ length away (or more than 40cm). You don’t want to be looking up at your screen, as this could lead to fatigue and dry eye.

See us if you notice any changes to your vision

If you notice any changes in your vision, it’s important you get it checked. As an essential care provider, our branches are open and we’re here to help. We’re taking all the necessary precautions to ensure you have a safe visit. To find your local branch, click here.