Now I’m not really one for doing customer feedback or surveys (apart from @jonmoss earlier today), but I’ve just had such good service from a well known UK opticians that I feel this time I must! The information (and new glasses) I received might just stop me from doing myself a bit of an injury.
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You see the thing is, I’m spending more and more time in front of the screen and while I’ve needed glasses for driving for many years it never occured to me that I’d need some for exploring the Twitterverse and Blogosphere. Apparently I do.
Even though my eyes are in rude health they’ve been “scratchy” and sore for a couple of weeks and headaches have been getting worse. So I popped to the opticians to check out solutions. For me it was a pair of much needed close focus glasses but the information the lovely people gave me might just be useful for you too.
We blink less when we stare at a computer screen. Focussed concentration means we keep our eyes open for longer and the blessed hydrating relief of the humble blink happens less. This accounts for the scratchy, sore feelings. So TIP #1: Blink – lots!
Concentrating our focus for a period of time at one distance means our eyes take slightly longer to recover as we shift our focus to a different distance. Hardly surprising really, it is just muscles contracting and relaxing. This accounts in part for the headaches (and worsening prescription). So TIP #2: Look up every 20 minutes and focus on something much further away for about a minute. The relief is almost instantaneous and it will give your eyes a balanced workout.
If you do need to get glasses for working on a computer then TIP #3: get anti-glare coating. This will help with headaches too, reflections can be distracting and make our eyes work too hard – hence the headaches.
And final TIP#4: DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. We are more than 70% water and our eyes need water to work properly, to remain hydrated on the outside with a blink and the inside with a slurp of the clear stuff.
There you have it – not a wasted day like I originally thought a trip to the opticians would be. Now to find a local recycling service for the old pair of specs.