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Mumsnet users share their experience of using screens during lockdown with Optrex

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JustineBMumsnet · 26/05/2020 15:24

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For many of us, screen time has increased during lockdown: whether that’s for work, taking part in virtual pub quizzes or keeping in touch with family and friends via video calls. But, it’s something that can play havoc with eye health, particularly if you’re a glasses wearer or suffer from dry eyes regularly. With that in mind, Optrex would like to hear about your experience of using screens during lockdown and how it’s affected you - especially if your eyes have been impacted.

Here’s what Optrex has to say: “Over the last few months we’ve all seen our routines change dramatically, which can have an impact on our bodies and health. We often forget about the health of our eyes, but when they become uncomfortable, they can be hard to ignore. Technology has enabled many of us to work from home, stay entertained, informed and connected with loved ones. However, looking at screens can reduce our rate of blinking and lead to dry and tired eyes, which can feel uncomfortable and irritated. We would love to understand any effect that the lockdown period has had on your eyes and whether you have been taking steps to protect or treat them.”

What has your experience with screens been during lockdown and how has it impacted you? Have you experienced eye strain or dry eyes? If so, how have you attempted to reduce the irritation or pain? Are there any other ways extra screen time has affected your health or wellbeing?

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Mumsnet users share their experience of using screens during lockdown with Optrex
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JulesJules · 06/06/2020 13:28

I'm using screens more, since I am shielding and at home. I had already felt that my eyesight was deteriorating since having chemo for breast cancer last year, I'm not sure if more screen use has exacerbated this. I'm having to wear my reading glasses all the time now, and my eyes frequently feel itchy and tired. I may give drops or a spray a try, but I haven't yet.

torthecatlady · 06/06/2020 15:02

As I've been furloughed from my office job, I'm using screens less than normal, except my phone but it's set to a very low brightness.

I do have had dry itchy eyes but that's due to allergies and hay fever so I've been using eye drops and antihistamines. I've also had a few migraines but I put that down to stress and the hot weather.

DuckingMel · 06/06/2020 15:51

I use my phone for most of the day to read news and MN, as well as to do zoom calls.
My son has ASD and his only and special interest is computers, so he is on screens most of the day, too. Neither of us suffers physically from it.

SchoolisCool · 07/06/2020 02:33

I hadn't noticed dry eyes from working from
home and conducting my social life virtually. But I have had itchy eyes which I put down to hay fever.
I have also felt I am getting long sighted, but this might just be my children putting things for me to see right next to my eyeballs!

DennisTMenace · 07/06/2020 09:26

I find the air con at work gives me dry eyes, so working from home means I don't have that. I do find my eyes sting after a long time staring at the phone screen.

PickledChicory · 07/06/2020 16:16

I first experienced a twitch in my eyes about 10 years ago when I was doing my postgrad dissertation and working full time updating a database. Working on the database during the day and dissertation evenings and weekends it turned out I had awful eye strain and needed eye drops to lubricate my eyes. I am using screens more under lockdown but crucially I have big breaks between screen time doing non screen activities with the kids and spending lots of time outdoors. I actually always have some optrex on the go. Really helps my tired wee eyes.

GinandGingerBeer · 07/06/2020 17:30

My eyes have definitely been more uncomfortable and dry since lockdown. I've had two bouts of blepharitis (which I've had antibiotic eye cream for) they're very dry in the morning then they improve a bit and deteriorate as the day goes on. I'm working from home full time using a 12" monitor which almost sends me cross eyed by the time the day is done! Dry gritty and itchy.

LJH79 · 07/06/2020 21:51

I’m not sure our screen time has increased that much.

RomaineCalm · 07/06/2020 22:37

I haven't noticed any difference but I am very conscious of the amount of time DCs are spending on screens with school work and socialising and it does worry me.

TheLovelinessOfDemons · 08/06/2020 09:34

I'm actually probably using screens as much as I normally would. I'm constantly logged into Twitter and MN on my phone, and check them while I'm waiting for the kettle to boil or whatever.

MumC2141 · 08/06/2020 13:35

Not much different really. Working from home instead of office but still in front of a computer most of the day.

OhYouBadBadKitten · 08/06/2020 15:03

I'm using screens a lot more work and sometimes I really struggle with eye strain. It physically hurts to look at the screen.
Unfortunately with no idea as to when opticians will open for non emergencies, Im struggling to find a solution.

BellaVida · 08/06/2020 16:38

I have had 2 chalazia in quick succession and rarely ever got them up until now. I was wondering if it’s because of extra stress, screen time or something else.
I would normally use screens at work, but obviously had periods in meetings or away from my desk. Now I’m on screens all day long, including supporting the DC with their home schooling. My eyes certainly get tired and I wonder if they are compensating by lubricating more, which is giving me the chalazia? I get headaches, which I wouldn’t normally. I worry about the DC’s eyes too, plus their eye tests are overdue. I hope it hasn’t negatively affected their vision.

sunshinesky · 08/06/2020 20:12

I've got dry eyes already and use drops during the day and gel at night. I've had laser eye surgery and don't close my eyes fully when I blink or sleep! My eyes have been worse since lockdown, I think due to lack of sleep from anxiety and spending too long on screens.

RaininSummer · 08/06/2020 23:18

8 hours screen time for work plus some personal time is playing havoc with my eyes. Very sore and itchy at end of the day and a lot of headaches.

Dangermouse80 · 09/06/2020 07:42

Screen time for all our family has increased during lockdown. I have been using eye drops more and had some days without my contacts in.

MrsFrTedCrilly · 09/06/2020 11:45

Definitely noticed a difference in itchy tired eyes here with the increase in screen use. Hay fever not helping either.
Using eye drops but love the sound of the spray that PP mentioned need to investigate tostada solution

BeneathTheMilkyTwilight · 09/06/2020 14:30

Luckily not had a problem with my eyes so far but definitely noticing getting rough skin on my backside from sitting down for long periods staring at a screen, and have put on some weight unsurprisingly!

RidingOn · 09/06/2020 18:33

Sore, sticky eyes - one of which is hard to open when I get up in the morning! Never had any problems before lockdown, but spending all this time on a computer and laptop has really had an impact. Tried eye drops for suspected conjunctivitis, and eye wash, but only very temporary (eg a few hours) relief.

Ashryver · 09/06/2020 18:39

Eyes have been getting more tired. I have good eye sight (20/20 vision, tested 6 months ago) but have been struggling with working from home on a laptop screen when I usually have a monitor in the office. I have been making the font size bigger on laptop screen.
Hopefully getting a monitor soon and eyes will go back to normal!
I've been trying to cut down on evening screen time as a result.

Bloatstoat · 09/06/2020 18:50

Definitely using screens more - keeping in touch with family, trying to keep children entertained and obsessively checking news sites Blush I've pretty much stopped wearing my contacts because my eyes have been dryer, I hadn't thought of it being the screen! Like other posters, I've also been having more headaches which I had put down to screen use.

Tanfastic · 09/06/2020 20:32

My eyes are definitely feeling the strain, more screen time at home due to lockdown and I spend 8 hours at work looking at a screen too. My left eye was hurting when I moved my eyeball for a few days recently and I'm sure it's due to eye strain.

Backhometothenorth · 09/06/2020 22:18

Yes I have sore dry eyes and am having to wear my contact lenses much less because of this. My daughter seems to suffer from the 'glare' from screens

AllNewThings · 10/06/2020 02:21

I use two screens at work, but am using a laptop to work from home at the moment and the constant switching between applications is giving me headaches. I think I possibly might need glasses as I find myself peering and squinting a lot of the time. My blepharitis has flared up badly too, but I don't know if that's down to screens or other factors.

Anj123 · 10/06/2020 18:31

I am using screens a lot but make sure I take frequent breaks. As I’ve got older my eyes are taking longer to focus but I think that’s more to do with age than with using screens.

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