How to take 20/20 vision into 2021

Specsavers advises health-focused resolutions for the New Year

Every year, January marks a fresh start, with a renewed focus on our health and wellbeing. We all hope the challenges of 2020 will soon be behind us, and now is the time to shake off some of the bad habits acquired during periods of lockdown. Specsavers has advice for those who have not given their vision and hearing health the care it needs during the last few months.

Stores across Ireland have already seen a spike of inquiries from customers seeking help for tired, strained, eyes caused by extended hours in front of computer and phone screens.

In fact, recent research has shown that 22 per cent of people have noticed their eyesight deteriorate during lockdown, which is indicative of the increased time people are spending on their computers while working from home and binging box sets in the absence of other entertainment options.

"A great New Year’s resolution we can all make in 2021 is keeping check of our screen time stats," said Kerril Hickey, chairman of Specsavers Ireland.

"Most phones have a feature to let you review your screen time use, allowing you to take action if you are going above your usual average.

"If you can’t help but be on screens for a large amount of your day, try the 20-20-20 rule, taking a break from screens every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.’

Orla Walsh, Specsavers audiologist, added: "It’s not just our eyes that have suffered from our working from home set-ups over the past year. Those who choose to wear headphones should also take note of the damage that full volume virtual meetings could have on our ears.

"While on full volume, headphones can measure up to 110 decibels, which is a huge 25 decibels above the level of noise where hearing damage occurs.

"Instead, try a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, rather than using volume to tune out the noise. If this isn’t an option, then try not to listen to your headphones at anything more than 60 per cent volume."

Regular eye tests help pick up problems early, and can help prevent avoidable sight loss, as well as detecting other health concerns. Specsavers recommends everyone has a sight test once every two years, and that those over 55 should also get their hearing checked every two years. Customers who are unable to attend a store can still access care and support through Specsavers' new RemoteCare video and telephone consultation service, while glasses and contact lenses can be bought online with a current prescription at

To find out more or book your next appointment go to your nearest Specsavers store or visit


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