You undoubtedly already know that too much screen time is bad for you, yet it's sometimes impossible to avoid. Acuvue conducted a poll of 2,000 workers and discovered that office workers spend roughly 6.5 hours each day in front of a computer. That's over 1,700 hours each year, not including extracurricular scrolling.
No wonder so many people experience eye strain. While symptoms vary from person to person, the most common include, blurred vision, headaches, and dry eye.
While eye strain is unpleasant for your eyes, the good news is that it has no long-term consequences and is simple to treat. Here are five ways to avoid eye strain.
Keep Your Distance
According to the AAO, your eyes have to work more to see things that are close. To put it another way, if you sit too close to your computer monitor, your eyes will have to work harder.
Putting some distance between yourself and your screen can help your eyes relax. It's recommended to sit 18-25 inches away from your computer screen, about arm's length away, with your eyes looking slightly downward on the screen.
Follow the 20-20-20 Rule
When we use computers and other digital devices, we blink roughly 15 times per minute, but this number drops to as low as 5 blinks per minute.
The '20-20-20 rule' helps you remember to blink and keep your eyes moist by taking a 20-minute break to look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
Reduce the Glare on Your Screen
The glare on your computer screen isn't just irritating; it can also irritate your eyes and cause eye strain. Consider using a matte screen filter to eliminate glare.
Adjust Brightness and Contrast
Your eyes may feel strained if your screen is brighter than the rest of the room. Changing the settings on your monitor can help alleviate eye strain.
Simply change the brightness of your screen to match the ambient light and boost the contrast for a more comfortable viewing experience.
Use Artificial Tears
To keep your eyes moist and ease the discomfort of dry eye caused by eye strain, use artificial tears. While there are many over-the-counter choices, keep in mind that some of them contain preservatives, which can irritate certain people. If the drops don’t alleviate your symptoms, or provide only temporary relief, it’s time to visit your eye doctor.
Contact Browz Eyeware in Browz Eyeware to learn more ways to alleviate your eye strain symptoms.
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What is eye strain?
Eye strain, often known as eye fatigue, is a set of symptoms that develop after prolonged usage of the eyes. Eye strain can be caused by staring at digital devices, such as computers, cell phones, or video games, for long periods of time, or by reading, driving, or doing activities in low light.
What are eye strain symptoms?
Symptoms of eye strain include headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, irritated eyes and increased sensitivity to light.