Regular eye tests ensure your eyes are healthy and that you are wearing spectacles most suited to your needs.
With lens technology we can now prescribe spectacles which provide clear comfortable vision for most daily activities. We take great care in prescribing the best lens for your individual needs. For example, if computer work occupies a large part of your day you may benefit from spectacles designed for looking at a computer screen. Alternatively, if you have dynamic visual demands, you may need a pair of multifocal lenses.
Ensuring that your desk, chair and screen are set at the right height for your individual requirements can go a long way in preventing visual fatigue. Eye strain, neck/back pain and headaches can all result from sitting in the wrong position for extended periods.
Ideally, if you use a computer monitor, it should be:
- Situated directly in your line of sight.
- 5-15 degrees below your line of sight.
- At least 60cm away from your eyes.
Working in adequate light is essential for comfortable vision. Avoid annoying reflections which add to visual stress by turning your screen away from windows and bright lights.
Try to take regular breaks when working for prolonged periods at a screen. Relaxing your eyes by looking out the window for a few seconds can help prevent fatigue.
When concentrating on a particular task we can sometimes forget to blink, allowing the front surface of our eye to become dehydrated and uncomfortable. Many people suffer from dry eyes while concentrating on a computer screen, particularly when working in an air-conditioned environment. Reminding yourself to blink can prevent this. Ocular lubricants are available from your Optometrist if dry eyes continue to be a problem.
It is wise to have an eye test every two years.
If you are experiencing problems get a test as soon as possible.
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