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Give your eyes a summer break too

Post on 31st August 2018

Summer is a time to relax, switch off and take a break from the pressures and demands of everyday life.

It’s an ideal opportunity for a digital detox too. An extended screen break can help reconnect with other activities and give our eyes a rest, whether from computer screens at work or our mobile devices at play.

Although it’s a habit many of us have developed, it’s not advisable to use electronic screens just before bed. The artificial light from laptops, tablets and smartphones has been linked to disrupted sleep and other health concerns

There is no conclusive proof yet that visible blue light exposure from digital devices damages eye health but the concerns are there and research is ongoing.

However, experts do agree that when using digital screens we should take regular breaks and avoid looking at screens before bed in order to get a good night’s sleep and prevent eye strain.

Working for long periods on a computer can make your eyes feel tired and lead to headaches, itchy eyes and difficulty focusing. It’s advisable to pause and look at something else and blink your eyes now and again, as well as taking frequent short breaks. Working in well-lit conditions without light reflecting off the screen is certainly recommended.

Regular eye tests are advisable too and when you attend appointments please let your optometrist know how much you use computers and other devices.

If you have any concerns about your eye health or simply want advice, please call in at your local Scrivens branch.