The number of people in the UK with sight loss is set to increase dramatically.
According to research cited by the organisers of last week’s National Eye Health Week, it’s predicted that the number of people with sight loss in the UK will double to nearly four million by 2050.
National Eye Health Week highlights research that shows half of all sight loss is avoidable and aims to raise awareness of the importance of good eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.
And one of National Eye Health Week’s sight-saving tips urges people to be screen smart.
According to National Eye Health Week people in the UK spend a staggering 35 hours a week staring at a computer screen on average.
Therefore, it’s not surprising that 90% of people admit to experiencing screen fatigue – tired or irritated eyes, blurred vision, headaches and poor colour perception.
So, what can be done about this problem?
National Eye Health Week suggests that to avoid eye strain you should use the 20-20-20 rule, especially if you’re using a computer for long periods of time. Look 20 feet in front of you every 20 minutes for 20 seconds.
But website providers can help as well. And that’s where Recite Me can help.
Recite Me’s custom tool-bar gives businesses and other organisations like public sector bodies a quick and easy way to make their websites fully accessible to people with a visual impairment or disability.
Recite Me’s tool-bar has a range of features that remove barriers and let users customise a website the way they need it to work for them. Amongst other features it allows them to change font sizes and colours, and to customise the background colour.
It also lets users skip the reading bit altogether if they want, with a text reader offering the option to read text aloud (including from documents like PDFs).
And unlike similar products that are popular in the market that often don’t work fully for mobile devices (e.g. only offering a text reader function) Recite Me offers a total accessible design solution.
And the best bit? It’s simple to implement.
To make sure your customers can access your website with ease book your appointment today for a demonstration of Recite Me and a free 30-day trial.