National Eye Health Week 2020

We’re launching a new campaign for National Eye Health Week (21 – 27 September 2020) to give people living with glaucoma and dry eye disease confidence that their diagnosis shouldn’t hold them back from taking part in digital activities.

Thanks to the coronavirus lockdown, lots of our usual activity is now taking place via screen, from keeping in touch with friends and family, through to collective worship and yoga sessions. You might be concerned about the impact all this screen time has on your eyesight, particularly if you have a diagnosed disease like glaucoma or dry eye disease (DED). Fortunately, neither condition should stop you from enjoying any screen-based activity.

Our top tips

Here are Glaucoma UK’s five top tips for looking after your eyes while you’re using screens:

Think blink! Remember to blink as much as possible, and rest your eyes frequently

Use the 20-20-20 rule. After 20 minutes of screen usage, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds

Use artificial tears as often as you like, especially if your eyes feel dry, scratchy or look red

If screen glare is a problem, use a glare reducing screen or filter, or adjust the brightness and contrast on your screen

Avoiding bright light sources such as windows in front of or behind you will also reduce glare

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Watch our video

Watch and share our video with our top tips for looking after your eyes while you’re using screens.

Hear from the experts...

Joanna Bradley, Head of Support Services at Glaucoma UK, spoke to Stephen Epstein, optometrist, glaucoma patient and the vice-chair of Glaucoma UK, to find out more about using screens safely.

Read the interview

Help us share on your social media

We’ve created new resources to be shared on social media throughout National Eye Health Week. Can you help us reach more people? Contact marketing@glaucoma.uk to request a social media pack with key messages and images to share like the examples below – or visit our Twitter and Facebook pages throughout the week to reshare our posts!

Image text: Keep your eyes healthy while you're keeping in touch

Image text: Use the 20-20-20 rule. After 20 minutes of screen usage, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds

Image text: Working from home? Make sure you're looking after your eyes, especially if your screen time has increased

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