National Eye Health Week 18 - 24 September

This National Eye Health Week (18–24 September) we are promoting the importance of good eye health, sharing important eye care advice to encourage adopting healthy habits and highlighting the need for regular eye tests.

Regular eye tests are essential

An eye test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma, which can be treated if found early, as well as other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. It’s recommended that you have an eye test every two years, however if you’re experiencing recent changes to your vision, you should book an appointment.

Staff can obtain a voucher for an eye test through Occupational Health.

How can I protect my eyes?

Having a regular eye test is essential for maintaining healthy eyes but there are other things you can do to look after your eyes. For healthy eyes, eat well, don’t smoke and wear eye protection in bright sunlight. Download our tip sheet which suggests ways you can protect your eyes and help take care of your vision.

Using Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

Many of us use computers daily, whether at work, home or both. Long periods of time spent staring at the screen can lead to eye strain. To prevent screen fatigue, follow these simple steps:

  • reduce time spent on screens at any one time
  • take regular breaks and follow the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes using a screen, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds)
  • make sure your screen is 35-60cm away, at eye level, and free from flicker or glare
  • adjust the brightness of your screen and text size so it’s easier to focus
  • blink regularly and use eye drops if they get dry
  • if you’re prescribed glasses, make sure you wear them

If you work with computers, you can carry out a workstation assessment to help reduce any risks.


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