(Sken: Northern English dialect to describe squinting or staring. "What are you skenning at?")
But in seriousness.....
Lockdown and Eye Strain
It looks like we are going to have another interesting year, one in which we may end up spending more time at home again, staring at screens (children especially if they are remote learning), generally getting out and about less, staring at the TV, staring at mobile devices.
This will not necessarily do your eyes any harm but it is not the way to provide maximum comfort.
When we are observing something on a screen we tend to blink less leading to dry and irritated eyes that feel tired.
Also the eyes are at their most relaxed when looking into the distance, it requires effort lo focus closer up, this constant effort can lead to strain and fatigue and while this should be temporary it is not comfortable and can lead to the following:
- Dry or watery eyes (it sound nonsensical but his can often be the same problem)
- Blurred or double vision
- Light sensitivity
- Other associated problems such as back/neck/shoulder pain.
So what can we do?
There's an extremely simple way we can minimise the negative effects of the above known as the 20 20 20 method:
- Every 20 minutes or so...
- Look at something at least 20 feet away...
- For at least 20 seconds.
This will give your eyes a regular period of relief, a breather if you will and will help keep your eyes comfortable throughout the day.
And if you are a parent or carer keep an eye on (pun intended) the young ones generally, make sure they aren't spending long periods skenning, also make sure they get out for some natural light each day as this is reported to help prevent short sightedness or myopia. But that's another topic for another day.