Make sure your eyes don’t suffer digital damage
Specsavers in Rutherglen are offering advice to residents on protecting their eyesight from digital damage.
Recent data suggests the average person spends nearly nine hours a day on electronic devices.
The figures, from Ofcom, also state that 15 million internet users have taken a‘digital detox’in a bid to strike a better life/technology balance.
Peter Beaton, store director at Specsavers in Rutherglen, said: “Over-exposure to a wide range of digital devices – particularly those that are used in close proximity to the face like computer screens, tablets or smart phones – can have a number of damaging effects on the overall health of your eyes.
“Headaches, an inability to focus properly, sensitivity to light, very watery or very dry eyes and blurred vision are all common symptoms – and if left untreated, can develop into more serious, long-term conditions.
“It’s really important to take the necessary steps to avoid straining the eyes when using digital technology – and it doesn’t necessarily mean going cold turkey either.”
Peter has urged residents to follow five simple tips:
Rest your eyes - Regularly look away from your computer screen and focus on distant objects.
Take regular screen breaks - It is important to take a step away from your computer screen now and then.
Use adequate lighting - Eye strain is often caused by excessive sunlight coming in through the window or by bright room lighting.
Reduce glare - Glare reflected from your computer screen can cause eye strain.
An anti-glare screen attached to your monitor can help and if you wear glasses, try an anti-glare coating on your lenses.
Adjust your monitor’s settings - Make sure the brightness is the same as the surroundings and adjust the text size and contrast so that it is comfortable to read.
Black print on a white background is the best combination for comfort.