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Watch out for screen eye strain

Post on 2nd September 2020

Have you been feeling the strain of remote working in a pandemic-hit economy?

It’s not only about organising your time, finding a productive space and adjusting to the lack of personal contact, it has meant spending many more hours looking at screens.

Technology has enabled more of us to work remotely and feel safer but it is not without its disadvantages, such as eye strain. The symptoms can include the following

– Dry, sore, tired eyes
– Watering eyes
– Re-occurring headaches
– Difficulty reading or focusing on your screen
– Noticeable pain or discomfort in the eyes
– Blurred vision or twitching

With that in mind here are the top five tips from Scrivens for relieving computer eye strain

1. Step away from your computer screen for regular eye breaks
2. Reduce glare by checking your lighting. Sunlight and bright lighting can make it difficult for you to read your screen and cause eye strain. Use an anti-glare cover over the screen.
3. Adjust the height of your monitor (or your desk chair). The screen should be about an arm’s length away and the top of the screen should be at or just below eye level.
4. Adjust your type size for easier reading.  Use your screen settings to enlarge the typeface and adapt the contrast and brightness to levels that suit you.
5. Get your eyes checked.  If you wear glasses or contact lenses, make sure your prescription is up to date.

If you have noticed anything different with your eyesight or are experiencing any of the eye strain symptoms above it is advisable to speak to an optician.

Contact your nearest Scrivens branch and speak to a member of the team who will be happy to help with any concerns you may have.

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