More than 70 percent of Poles report that they use a computer as part of their daily work, and up to 44 percent spend more than four hours a day using a smartphone or tablet. “Do not remain indifferent to our sight” – specialists in alarm devices.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Poles have been in front of computer, smartphone or phone screens for longer than usual – whether for remote work, studying, or just for fun. That’s why the eyes have been particularly vulnerable since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The time of the epidemic made us use our eyesight more than usual” – the professor admits. Doctor Hebb. n. med. Jacek P. Szaflik, President of the Polish Ophthalmological Society, was quoted in a press release sent to PAP as part of the “Your Looks Matter” campaign. On the other hand, many people often lacked the time or were afraid to seek help from an ophthalmologist. Last year 65 percent. The Poles were absent from the ophthalmologist.

The Polish Society of Ophthalmology, which sponsors the “Your Eyes Matter” campaign, recommends regular eye exams of all ages, especially in children, middle-aged and elderly people. “Let’s take care of our eyes, sight is the most important sense” – encourages the professor. Dishpan.

Research conducted for the purposes of the “Your Looks Matter” campaign by the IQS Institute has shown that more and more Poles, at least partially working at the computer, complain of blurred vision (52%), tearing (59%) or pinching and burning. eyes (49 percent).

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The results of the study showed that more than 70 percent. Poles use computers as part of their daily work – mainly or partially. The research examined the daily use of a computer by people who use it to what extent. It turns out that 61% of people use the computer more than 4 hours a day. People, up to two hours – 19 percent Between two and four hours – 16 percent

In addition, there is time spent on other electronic media – 44 percent of them use a smartphone or tablet daily for more than 4 hours. Poles, and every third watch TV for this period.

As the campaign implementers emphasized, during the epidemic, work was still done on the computer, but with much worse lighting. “Eight hours a day in such conditions is a heavy burden on the eyes,” the press release read. As many as every third employee in the home office rates the condition of their eyes poorly or very poorly. Surveying was performed using the CAWI method on a representative group of Poles (n-800).

Experts predict that with the current pace of digitization, our eyes will be even more strained in the next few years. In their opinion, the implementation of a few simple habits can help maintain eye hygiene, as well as regular visits to the eye doctor.

Regardless of whether we have symptoms of tired eyes, it is worth taking preventive measures by applying daily eye protection. There are several simple ways that allow our eyes to regenerate effectively. It does not require a great deal of work and can be carried out from the beginning ”- said Michai Member, Coordinator of the National Campaign “Your looks are important.”

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Not only are short breaks from the screen, closing your eyes, and dropping drops, but also, for example, the “20-20-20” rule can help prevent eyesight.

“It is a simple technique recommended by the American Optometric Association. It helps reduce eye fatigue during intense work in front of a screen and is very easy to implement. It is enough for every 20 minutes of working in front of a computer to look at an object at a distance of more than 6 meters for 20 seconds. Following this principle increases the frequency of blinking, promotes the regeneration of the tear film and ensures better eye hydration ”- we read in the campaign materials.

It is also worth adjusting the lighting to work on the screen. “Avoid working and reading in poor lighting. Try to use natural (sunlight) light as much as possible, ”we read in the campaign recommendations.

The screen should be at eye level. “Make sure that your screen is in front of your face and at a height that does not force your head to tilt abnormally. The distance between the eyes and the screen should not be less than 70 cm”- advise the campaign experts.

Of course, moisturizing drops are useful for the eyes. “Someone blinks about 15 times per minute, but when we keep staring at the screen, we only blink four times per minute. As a result, there are complaints of so-called ‘office eye syndrome’.”

As emphasized in campaign materials, “Just as our skin requires regular hydration, our eyes also need proper care.”

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Experts noted that the three golden rules for using eye drops are: start care early, before the first symptoms appear; There are no preservatives in the drops, since its presence in the composition may increase eye irritation and the use of phosphate-free drops, since its presence may adversely affect the irritated and damaged surface of the cornea.

PAP – Science in Poland

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