iStock_000030825040_XXXLargeMay & June – Exam season – GCSE’s, A- Levels, International Baccalaureate

All designed to stress the visual system to its maximum.

Digital devices usage is increasing in everyday life, how many of us go any length of time before we are peering at our screens. I am as guilty of this as anyone else.



I have been asked a lot by patients what can be done to help? Do I need glasses? Should I sit closer/further away from the screen – and lots more similar questions.


The easiest piece of advice that I can give – that does work is the 20-20-20 rule:





I have said to my kids and say to all my patients who are studying that taking a break from the books and picking up the Phone , Tablet or laptop to log into social media is not resting your eyes. Looking into the distance is when the eyes are at their most relaxed natural state.


There are lots of Apps available that use the 20 20 20 rule and have a timer that will alert you when its time to rest and relax the eyes. Look out the window – even better get outside and get some fresh air as well .


Good luck to all our patients in their exams and remember 20/20/20.