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