Eyecare experts have warned that as natural light dwindles in the daytime, adults will be putting excess strain on their eyes. And research of 2,000 adults who are working from home found one in three have eye strain complaints by the end of each day, despite a tenth having three or more lights blazing in their home office. But 45 percent admitted the room they primarily reside in has ‘limited’ natural light. It also emerged four in 10 are still undecided about whether to invest in specialist lamps, potentially at great cost.
Yannick Roth, optician and business developer for Europe at VisionDirect.co.uk, said: “Poor lighting may do more than just harm your eye health, it can also result in headaches, lethargy, irritability, and in turn, impact your productivity and lower your morale.
“Various lighting effects given off by inadequate light sources like ‘glare’, which occurs when one part of the visual field is much brighter than the average brightness field, do not impair your sight but can lead to physical discomfort and tiredness.
"Veiling reflections’, another lighting effect and common problem, especially in home offices, can be described as when a window reflects light onto your computer screen, masking the information and similarly, causing visual fatigue.”
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Another issue causing excess eye strain is the need to feel constantly connected at work, as seven in 10 adults believe they always need to be available in case colleagues feel they are slacking.
As a result, 15 percent never take a screen break, and overall, each day spend nearly eight hours directly gazing at either a computer monitor or their phone.
More than three in 10 respondents would go as far as to say their eyesight has noticeably worsened as a result of working from home.
In a bid to keep eyes healthy in dimly-lit rooms, 34 percent have actively tried to drink more water, 12 percent have set an evening curfew to stop looking at screens and the same amount use eye drops to keep moisture levels up.
A further 41 percent report that the coronavirus pandemic has stopped them visiting