Computer work can take its toll on your eyes – avoid lasting damage with a specialist check at our practice

With more of us working from home or still working in an office all day, using a computer has become normal for many of us. If so, you will probably recognise the feeling of tired, sore and achy eyes that can come as a result of spending several hours looking at a screen.

The reality is that excessive VDU (visual display unit – or computer monitor) use can seriously take its toll on your eyes. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you are taking the necessary steps to ensure they stay protected.

Take a break every hour, look away from the screen, look around the office or outside. Or try the 20-20-20 rule, every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Make sure you blink properly, there is a temptation to stare at the screen. Blinking refreshes the cornea.

Here at Moorhouse Opticians we often recommend special lens designs and coatings to help with VDU use.

Regular eye testing, for those who use computer screens frequently. During this assessment you will have the chance to explain to your optometrist the requirements of your job, the typical length of time for which you use a computer on a daily basis, and elements of your environment like the office lighting and design of your workspace.

Even if you already have a prescription for everyday vision, you might find that vocational spectacles improve VDU use. Once we know your requirements, we can discuss and advise the best options and help to make your eyes more comfortable and reduce any signs of eyestrain.