Eliminating Eye Strain Caused by Digital Screens

Eliminating Eye Strain Caused by Digital Screens

We use technology every single day. No day passes by without us using a computer, laptop, tablet or a smartphone. While these gadgets may have made our life easy in several aspects, they have also increased vision-related eye problems like CVS (computer vision syndrome), dry eyes and redness. Let us look at 10 tips to eliminate eye related problems and safeguard your vision at work.

  1. Adjust the Brightness and Contrast

The brightness of your computer and laptop screen must match your surroundings. Adjust the brightness and contrast settings of the monitor. There is no right or wrong way to do this, just try out a few settings till you are comfortable. If the background is very bright, reduce the brightness of the monitor. Additionally, keep the contrast between the background and characters high.  Remember that even if the setting is too dark, it will strain your eyes.

  1. Use Proper Lighting

Avoid working under fluorescent lights if possible. Opt for desk or floor lamps instead that can provide indirect lightning. The brighter the light, the more you will hurt your eyes. If you work by a window, then use curtains or blinds to limit the amount of direct sunlight that beams in. Preferably, use only lower intensity bulbs and tubes inside. If you cannot control the lighting, then consider wearing tinted glasses while working.

  1. Adopt Good Contact Lens Care

Always wash your hands before using contact lenses. Keep the lens case clean and use only the contact lens solution to clean the lenses. Dispose them every month or as recommended. If you want to discontinue the use of contact lens, you can opt for LASIK eye surgery, which is a painless and permanent solution that provides you better and clearer vision. Millions are enjoying the benefits of LASIK – it’s time that you do too.

  1. Minimize glare

Install an anti-glare screen on your monitor to minimize glare. It would also be a good idea to draw the shades to prevent glare from outside sources. If you wear glasses, then consider applying an anti-reflective coating to the lenses. Remember that glare screens only cut down on glare from the computer screen but they won’t help your eyes focus better.

  1. Take Regular Breaks

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that you take a 15-minute break for every two hours of computer use. It also suggests that you follow the 20-20-20 rule, where you focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. This allows you to blink naturally and gives your eyes some time to relax.

  1. Blink a Lot

Continuous staring at the computer screens causes dry eyes, redness, and irritation. You can minimize the odds of developing dry eyes by blinking frequently. When we stare at the blue screens of computers and smartphones, we blink about two times less than normal. This makes it more crucial that you don’t forget to blink periodically.

  1. Position the Monitor Properly

The monitor should be kept at about 20 to 24 inches from your eyes and the screen’s center should be about 10 to 15 degrees below your eyes. This kind of position provides the best support to your eyes. If you are unable to change the distance between you and the monitor, you can adjust the size of text accordingly. If you are sitting farther away than you should, increase the text size instead of straining your eyes to focus on the smaller text.

  1. Exercise Your Eyes

If you have blurry vision or want to keep your eyes healthy, you can do some eye relaxation exercises. These exercises not only strengthen and relax your eye muscles but also increase your natural vision flexibility and focus. However, remember to take off your contact lenses before you do any of these exercises.

  1. Have a Proper ‘Eye Diet’

You must include a lot of vitamins and minerals in your diet to maintain the overall eye health.  Include fruits and vegetables that have vitamins A, C, and E with a B complex, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids as they help in improving the health of the eyes and reduce eyestrain.

  1. Get Computer Glasses

These are prescription eyewear designed specifically for computer work. Computer glasses allow you to focus your eyes on the distance of a computer screen, which is generally farther away than the reading material. They also optimize your eyesight when you’re looking at digital screens and help in reducing glare.

The tips mentioned above can help you minimize the strain on your eyes caused by everyday exposure to digital screens.


About the Author:
Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for Insight Vision Center. With a knack for understanding medical procedures and an interest in eye and vision health, Aaron loves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs with a mission of informing readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care and eye health. He loves collecting coasters from the different bars and restaurants he visits during his travels.

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