Simple Ways to Reduce Computer Eye Strain
The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic forced people worldwide to adapt rapidly, and changed the way many of us work. You may now be noticing eye strain caused by extra time in front of digital screens. Between Zoom conferences, working at home, and scrolling through social media feeds, your eyes are absorbing a lot of blue light that can negatively affect your vision.
Here are some helpful hints to follow to reduce eye strain to help you preserve your vision and eye health.
1. Give Your Eyes a Break
In an office setting, you have several daily opportunities to step away from the screen, and you should continue doing so at home. We suggest implementing the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes in front of your computer or tablet, pause and focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Also, set a timer each hour to get up and stretch, perhaps do calisthenics, or pet your dog or cat. Go for a brief walk to remind yourself there’s life beyond your computer screen.
People usually blink 15 to 20 times per minute. However, while staring at a glowing object, your blinking reduces to five to seven during the same timeframe.
Blinking keeps your eyes moist and washes out irritating debris. So, while working on your computer, clearing emails on your phone, or relaxing while reading your social media, blink. We promise you won’t miss anything.
- Adjust Your Screen Display Settings
It’s possible to adjust the settings on many computers, tablets, and smartphones to be easier on your eyes. Keep the screen the same brightness for your work, not too dark or bright. The same holds true for tablets and cellphones with a darker mode to show white letters reversed out of a black background. This setting is easier on the eyes.
You can also increase text size, so your eyes won’t strain to read. Also, wearing coated glasses while in front of your screen minimizes blue light’s effects, which leads us to our next tip.
4. Buy Glasses That Block Blue Light
You can purchase reading glasses with a unique coating to block harmful blue light emitted by your digital screens. These glasses also come in prescription strength.
5. Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam
Regular eye exams are an excellent way to relieve digital eye strain symptoms and check your eyes’ overall health. Screen time might not be the reason for your headaches or blurry vision. You may need an updated prescription for glasses or contacts.
If you’re ready to take the next step in your journey to better vision, contact Will Vision & Laser Centers today. We’re excited to welcome you into our practice and for you to “See the Difference.”