Eye strain

Are you experiencing eye strain on a regular basis? If so, you may need an eye test at your local opticians. At Scrivens, we have a team of specialists who will be able to offer professional advice if you are experiencing any eye strain symptoms. Additionally, if you regularly work on computers, it’s likely your eyes will become sore and eye strain will become more noticeable. If this is the case, we would recommend you get an eye test as soon as possible in order to eliminate any potential problems.

Some symptoms can include:

  • Dry, sore, tired eyes
  • Watering eyes
  • Re-occurring headaches
  • Difficulty reading or focusing on your screen
  • Noticeable pain or discomfort in the eyes
  • Blurred vision or twitching

If you have noticed anything different with your eyesight or are experiencing any of the listed eye strain symptoms, it’s advised you speak to an optician. Find your nearest Scrivens branch and speak to a member of our team who will able to assist with any concerns you may have.

Computer eye strain

We put our eyes under constant pressure when we regularly work on computer screens, increasing the risk of eye strain and causing considerable discomfort.

There are ways we can reduce the risk though, here are 5 tips for relieving computer eye strain:

  • Consider the lighting in your work environment – how is your office lit? If your place of work has harsh lighting and you work on a computer screen, the reflection can cause considerable eye strain. Additionally, your monitor brightness will also have an impact if your office has poor lighting, causing you to intensely focus on your screen. Blinds or curtains will make a difference to excessive sunlight, but you could also consider an anti-glare cover over the screen.
  • Take a break – taking five or ten minutes away from your screen will be beneficial for your eyes. If you can’t get away, start practicing the 20-20-20 rule, so every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds, you stare at an object 20 feet (around 6 meters) away.
  • Adjust the height of your monitor [or your desk chair] – the screen should be about an arm’s length away and the top of the screen should be at or just below eye level.
  • Adjust your type size for easier reading – use your screen settings to enlarge the typeface and adapt the contrast and brightness to levels that suit you.
  • Have regular eye tests – make sure you are monitoring your eye health with regular eye tests. Your optometrist will be able to offer advice when it comes to eyecare and can monitor your eyes for any signs of potential problems. They will also provide guidance when it comes to the best way to look after your eyes, as well as what lenses are right for you.

To book an eye test with Scrivens, find your nearest branch here.