Spending many hours staring at screens can cause computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain. While not serious, this condition can be very uncomfortable.
Symptoms of computer eye strain include:
- Blurred vision
- Dry eyes
If your eyes feel any of the above symptoms, the way you utilize your computer might be to blame. Below are some useful tips to help you avoid computer vision syndrome.
Staring at a screen strains the eyes more than reading printed material because people tend to blink 30-50% less. This can also cause your eyes to dry out. Be mindful of blinking and make it a habit when focusing on a screen, as it will keep your eyes healthy and lubricated.
Rest your eyes
Give your eyes a break every 20 minutes by looking at an object located 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Doing so will allow your eyes to relax and will give both you and your eyes some rest.
Make sure that your surrounding light is similar in strength to the light emanating from your screen. Contrasting levels of light, such as looking at a bright screen in a dark room, can strain the eyes.
You may want to stipulate ‘screen free’ time for yourself. Engage in hobbies that don’t require a screen, such as drawing, reading books, or cooking.
Modify your workstation
Position your computer screen so it’s 20 to 24 inches from your eyes. The center of your screen should be about 10 to 15 degrees below your eyes for comfortable positioning of your head and neck. This will reduce neck, back, and shoulder pain, and eye strain.
Don’t use devices before bed
Studies show that blue light may affect your body’s natural wake and sleep cycle. Stop using screens one to two hours before bedtime or use nighttime settings to minimize blue light exposure.
Get Computer Glasses
Computer glasses have multi-layer coating design to reduce glare, reflect blue light away from the lens and relieve long-term eye strain caused by excessive computer use.
Having a yearly checkup can help you preserve your eye health. Contact Airdrie to learn more about how to reduce eye strain when working on computers.
At Browz Eyeware, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-600-0644 or book an appointment online to see one of our Airdrie eye doctors.
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