Make sure your eyes don’t suf­fer dig­i­tal dam­age

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.

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