Eyesight risk from lockdown screen time

15-01-2021

An eye health charity recommends people learn the 20-20-20 rule to protect their sight, as 1 in 3 people in the UK reports deteriorating eyesight.

An online poll of 2,000 adults by eye charity Fight for Sight, has revealed that half of the respondents' screen time has increased since the pandemic.

Many believe that an increase in screen time has negatively affected their sight. Respondents have reported difficulty reading, bad headaches/migraines and poorer vision at night.

Chief Executive at Fight for Sight, Sherine Krause said: "With the Covid-19 pandemic having forced so many of us to move to digital working, online learning and even virtual socialising, it is not surprising that our screen time has soared this year. However, the benefits of increased digital access and use during lockdown mustn't come at the detriment of our eye health."

20-20-20 rule

Fight for sight is encouraging those who have found their screen time has increased in the last year to adopt the 20-20-20 rule to help prevent eye strain. The rule advises that for every 20 minutes spent using a screen, you should try to look away at something that is 20 feet away from you for a total of 20 seconds.

The charity also emphasises the importance of having regular eye tests and reminding people that most opticians are open for appointments through lockdown restrictions.

Chief Executive Sherine Krause said: "More than half of all cases of sight loss are avoidable through early detection and prevention methods, and regular eye tests can often detect symptomless sight-threatening conditions."

Fight for sight is the national charity dedicated to funding pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease. They provide lots of information for people affected by sight loss- if you would like to visit their website click here.

It's essential that if you are experiencing a deterioration with your sight to visit your optician. If you cannot get out due to disability or mobility problems, we can visit you at home for a sight test- call us on 0800 60 50 40.