National Eye Health Week

Nation Eye Health Week 2017


National Eye Health Week is an annual public health campaign designed to help improve the state of the nation’s eye health. This year’s campaign will take place 18 – 24 September 2017.

Vision really matters. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know the best way to look after our eyes. National Eye Health Week aims to change all that.

Are you Screen Smart?


Each of us spends an average of 2,740 hours (or three and a half months) a year staring at a screen!

So, it’s probably no surprise that 90% of computer users say they regularly suffer from screen fatigue – headaches, sore or tired eyes and problems with close-up and long-distance vision.

By being Screen Smart you can help minimise your risk of suffering visual distress and keep your eyes feeling fresh and bright.

Here are our quick tips to help minimise screen fatigue:

  1. Take frequent breaks – give your eyes a rest by following the 20-20-20 rule. Look away from your screen every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds and focus on objects 20 feet away!
  2. Create an eye-friendly environment – position copy documents at roughly the same distance as your eyes are from the screen to avoid having to continually refocus, and minimise any glare or reflections.
  3. Customise your screen settings – position your monitor an arms length away and keep your eyes level with the top of the screen. Select a font size of 12pts or above and make sure you have a clean screen.
  4. Keep blinking! – Your blink rate can fall by up to 400% when working at a screen. For an instant refresh try closing your eyes and rolling your eyeball around behind the closed lid.

If you’re concerned about your eyesight, or for more professional advice, pop into our practice or make an online ‘appointment‘ today.