The repeated lockdowns throughout our “ECQ-verse” for the past year has forced most of us to work and learn from home. While this situation has its benefits for some families, one thing we can’t deny is that we are spending more time staring at our screens—whether it’s the TV screen, PC monitor, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
This also means that we are exposed to harmful blue light that could lead to tired eyes and severe eye strain—something I’m also experiencing as I am writing this article. According to research sponsored by The Vision Council, 59% of people who routinely use computers and digital devices experience symptoms of digital eye strain (also known as computer eye strain or computer vision syndrome).
Research sponsored by The Vision Council showed that 59% of people who routinely use computers and digital devices experience symptoms of digital eye strain (also known as computer eye strain or computer vision syndrome).
Symptoms of digital eye strain include: Eye fatigue and discomfort; Dry eyes; Headaches; Blurred vision; Red eyes; Eye twitching and Neck and shoulder pain
So what do you do to prevent eye strain and better take care of your eyes?
Here are seven eye care tips from the experts:
1. Practice the 20-20-20 rule: The American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Vision Council, and other vision-related organizations urge moderation in screen use. Most of them recommend adopting the 20-20-20 rule. That means that every 20 minutes, you’ll look at an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Another exercise is to look far away at an object for 10-15 seconds, then gaze at something up close for 10-15 seconds. Then look back at the distant object. Do this 10 times. This exercise reduces the risk of your eyes’ focusing ability to “lock up” after prolonged computer work.
2. Get a comprehensive eye exam. An annual comprehensive eye exam is the most important thing you can do to prevent or treat computer vision problems. During your exam, be sure to tell your eye doctor how often you use a computer and digital devices at work and at home.
3. Maintain distance from your screen: Adjust your seat, or the position of your computer, so your eyes are about 25 inches from the screen. Position the screen so you’re gazing slightly downward.
4. Use proper lighting. Eye strain often is caused by excessively bright light either from outdoor sunlight coming in through a window or from harsh interior lighting. When you use a computer, your ambient lighting should be about half as bright as that typically found in most offices. Eliminate exterior light by closing drapes, shades or blinds. Reduce interior lighting by using fewer light bulbs or fluorescent tubes, or use lower intensity bulbs and tubes.
Position your computer screen so windows are to the side, instead of in front or behind it.
5. Adjust your computer display settings. Adjust the brightness of the display so it’s approximately the same as the brightness of your surrounding workstation. Here’s a test you could try. Look at the white background of this Web page. If it looks like a light source, it’s too bright. If it seems dull and gray, it may be too dark. Adjust the text size and contrast for comfort, especially when reading or composing long documents. Usually, black print on a white background is the best combination for comfort.
6. Blink more often. Blinking is very important when working at a computer; it moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation. You could also use eyedrops if your eyes feel dry or
to reduce your risk of dry eyes during computer use, try this exercise: Every 20 minutes, blink 10 times by closing your eyes as if falling asleep (very slowly). This will help rewet your eyes.
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