Screen Struggles

Screen Struggles

The average worker begins to suffer from tired eyes at 2pmafter a day staring at a screen.

From scrolling through phones to working at laptops andwinding down watching television, it’s almost impossible to avoid the brightlights of digital devices today.

A study of 2,000 adults looked at the effects screen timehas on our eyes, finding on average five and a half hours a day are spentlooking at them.

Over half the nation spends the working week looking at amonitor and 88 per cent of those said their eyes feel tired, dry and heavy as aresult.

Headaches caused by eye strain have affected over one thirdof office workers and one in five has experienced blurred or disturbed vision.

Proving how much we rely on devices, 36 per cent of adultsadmitted they wouldn’t be able to avoid looking at a display for an entire 24hours and two in five can’t recall their last screen-free day.

The study was commissioned by Hycosan and Optase Eye Care.  Eye care expert and oculoplastic surgeon,Sabrina Shah-Desai said: “The results demonstrate how screens have really takenover our lives, they are everywhere we look.”

 “Obviously it’sdifficult to avoid them, especially in a working environment, but it’s vitalthat we take steps to look after our eyes and have regular breaks fromartificial light and digital devices.

“Office workers, in general, aremore prone to dry eye disease as we naturally blink less when concentrating,blinking as few as 1-3 times per minute when focusing on a computer screenversus 15-20 blinks per minute when we’re not.

“It’s these longer periods between blinking wheresymptoms of dry eyes arise, causing redness and a feeling of ‘grittiness’ andblurred vision.

“Our eyes are essential, and we should treat them well tominimise any long term damage and maintain optimum health.”

The study also found over half of those questioned believetheir working atmosphere – including lighting, air conditioning and screens –is having a negative effect on their eyes.

As a result, 27 per cent have adjusted the computerbrightness and text settings and half took regular device breaks in order tolimit the damage to their eyes.

One quarter even started wearing glasses for monitor use andtwo in 10 have tried lubricating eye drops. 

Half past nine seems to be the self-imposed screen off time,as results showed on average, Brits try to avoid looking at devices from 9.25pmeach evening, however one in 10 still admitted to using a screen looking atuntil midnight.

This has led to over one quarter suffering from what canonly be described as a ‘screen hangover’ – struggling with their eyesight morethan usual the following day after being up late looking at screens - while 36per cent feel ‘more awake’ if they avoid this.

Surprisingly, TVs were revealed as the most common screen,with 72 per cent looking at one during an average day, followed by 68 per centviewing a mobile phone.

Second-hand screen time was found to have a big impact, withthree in 10 having experienced their partner using a mobile in bed whilethey’re trying to sleep and 55 per cent seeing phones used at social events.

This led to one in 10 admitting phones have affected theirrelationship because their partner was ‘distracted’, and many said their otherhalf responds quicker to their mobile than to them.

While not actively watching, almost two thirds have beenaffected by a TV on in the background and similarly 51 per cent have beenunable to avoid televisions in pubs or restaurants.

A further six in 10 admitted to looking at multiple devicesat the same time, such as their laptop and phone.

This rise in digital use has caused one third of parents andgrandparents to worry about how often their child is looking at screens.

In order to reduce the impact of this, 38 per cent encourageoffline activities while one third set limits of screen time.

Follow Sabrina Shah-Desai’s expert tips for healthy eyes inthe workplace: 

1.   Follow the 20, 20, 20 rule - every 20 minuteslook away at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds

2.   Use a preservative-free eye drop like Hycosan to rehydrate the eyes and reduce that ‘gritty’ feeling

3.   After a long day, try a moist heat mask likeOptase to restore moisture and loosen the eyes naturally hydrating oils

WHAT OUR CLIENTS are SAYING

I recommend Hycosan to all my dry eye patients as it is a sterile, preservative-free, long-lasting solution. It can be used for 6 months after opening and application is very easy.It is also useful for people working in dry, dusty, air-conditioned environments or those using a computer all day.  Hycosan alleviates the burning, foreign body sensations associated with dry eye and provides good, long-lasting lubrication without blurring of vision. I use the drops myself so can give my patients first-hand experience of their efficacy. Con...

Janet Dean (Optometrist); Alan Miller Optometrists

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The Hycosan range of products has given me the ability to advise patients suffering from dry eyes, in a more structured and professional manor  than I had been able previously.I can now offer three levels of treatment formulations with either the blue, red or green drops plus the gel for use at night and the lid scrubs for blepharitis. I know that the drops are more effective than my previous offer and the fact that they come preservative free with a special air tight bottle is attractive to patients, despite the relatively high price. I n...

Alan Miller; Owner, Alan Miller Optometrists

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The Hycosan range of products has given me the ability to advise patients suffering from dry eyes, in a more structured and professional manor  than I had been able previously.I can now offer three levels of treatment formulations with either the blue, red or green drops plus the gel for use at night and the lid scrubs for blepharitis. I know that the drops are more effective than my previous offer and the fact that they come preservative free with a special air tight bottle is attractive to patients, despite the relatively high price. I n...

Sohail Hakim BSc (Hons) MCOptom, FBDO; Alan Miller Optometrists

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“Just wanted to let you know that the Hycosan Plus and Extra have received tremendous patient feedback. We tend to recommend the Hycosan Extra more. Patients have commented that other drops have given them little relief, but the Hycosan formulation has really helped managed their symptoms. We've had plenty of repeat business.”

Arun – Billericay Visionplus Ltd T/A Specsavers Opticians

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“Jane Smellie Opticians has been stocking Hycosan, and Vitapos for several months now and we have had a lot of positive feedback from our patients. It is lovely to be able to offer patients such a good range of preservative free ocular lubricants. The Vitapos gel, as a preservative free option has been a huge success for patients who need a very viscous product for severe dry eye or patients who want to use a viscous lubricant for lasting relief at night time. The Hycosan range has proved very popular with patients due to the lasting comfort ac...

Alex Cook @ Jane Smellie Opticians

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"I wish to express my congratulations and thanks for your superb products. Having suffered from very dry eyes for several years, I have used Hycosan for about a week. I awoke one morning and wondered what was different - I did not have to rub my eyes and didn't feel like screaming. I have now used all three Hycosan products and find that the Hycosan Extra is amazing at treating the problem when it is more intense than usual. Thank you so much for your fantastic product."

Primrose May; Hycosan Extra

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"I can’t live without this stuff, I'm pretty certain it has helped keep RCE (Recurrent corneal erosion) at bay"  

Louise Carr; Hycosan Extra

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"I wish to express my congratulations and thanks for your superb products. Having suffered from very dry eyes for several years, I have used Hycosan for about a week. I awoke one morning and wondered what was different - I did not have to rub my eyes and didn't feel like screaming. I have now used all three Hycosan products and find that the Hycosan Extra is amazing at treating the problem when it is more intense than usual. Thank you so much for your fantastic product."

Anonymous; Hycosan Range

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"Having Iain and the Scope Opthalmic products on board, has revolutionised our accessories stand. We have NEVER had an accessory that has sold as well as these do. The positive feedback and high resale of these products tell us that the product works extremely well. However the training and support offered by Iain means our staff are 100% confident with discussing and demonstrating the drops or creams with all our patients. Throughout the day i constantly overhear staff confidently discussing and promoting products such as Hycosan and Vita POS ...

Matt Gawn (Store Manager) Specsavers Horsham

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“Having now had the Hycosan range in store, customer feedback has been very positive and most customers have felt that the drops are better / effective than other artificial drops that they have used in the past.”“The Optometrists are keen to recommend the product as the drops are preservative free and there is range of artificial tears dependent on the severity of the symptoms, with the 6 month expiry date.”“Scope as a supplier have been extremely efficient and the training and support that Iain has been provided has been excellent.”

Badrinath Mohandas BSc (Hons) FBDO; Director Specsavers Uckfield

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"It is always a pleasure dealing with Scope Ophthalmics. I know that their representative (Lisa) is just a phone-call or email away and is always willing to help. Scope offer us a full range of simple but highly effective products to help our patients with their dry eyes. It never ceases to amaze me how such a 'small' problem can severely impact on a person's quality of life. Reducing the discomfort, or pain, a person may be experiencing due to their dry eyes is not always easy but is a rewarding challenge and one our patients are very apprecia...

Anthony Optom @ Ross Maskell ? Opticians Altrincham

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“Great products from scope ophthalmics. Paul has been very helpful in providing training and product knowledge to both the professional and non-professional staff. Now most our patients with either dry eyes or blepharitis are treated effectively with the products provided by scope. This has led to repeat custom and better management for specific ocular conditions.”

Manoj Patel

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“We at Jane Smellie Opticians have been using Scope to supply us with the Hycosan family of products for a while now, and I do believe it to be the best options for patients with dry eye. The staff from Scope are extremely helpful, they not only gave us training to help us practioners understand the benefits of their products, but also they gave us training techniques that we can show directly to patients to also demonstrate their benefits. Lisa and all staff representatives are always happy to help, and are always happy to provide full size sa...

Neema @ Jane Smellie Opticians

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These eye drops are the best ones I've ever used: I use these for very dry eyes (they feel a lot more "slippery") and blue ones for very frequent use. As an IT professional these are irreplaceable and can be even used with contact lenses. Shame these are out of stock at boots now, will have to buy elsewhere as cannot use any other drops - anything else doesn't even come close to the quality and eye comfort you get with these.

Alexandra from London, UK

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5 Stars – The product is helping the problem of my dry eyes, have tried a lot of eye remedies but this is excellent.

Customer Anon

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The service I have received from the office staff has been fantastic; they gave me more help and information than my own hospital. I can't believe how quickly my samples and products arrived after only speaking with the girls the day before. I would love for other customers to know how good the service I received was and I'll be touch again to let them know how I get on with the products

Customer, Anon

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I was recommended by an eye specialist your Vita-POS product. I simply cannot tolerate any eye moisturising product in liquid drop form so had been using Lacrilube, which was far too heavy and making my life uncomfortable. Vita-POS is so much better and I would recommend it to anyone who has the same problem or needs extra moisture during the night

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