Computer Eye Strain – How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy
Computer Eye Strain is known as the strain on your eyes that occurs after extended screen usage.
Now more than ever, the world has gone digital, and extended screen usage is unavoidably becoming the norm in our daily lives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, prolonged screen time has skyrocketed.
While Netflix, social media, and work are some of the only available activities during the lockdown, they do have consequences. Increased screen time means that our eyes work overtime to stay focused. The corresponding strain can lead to an increase in eye-related issues.
While little can prevent anyone from spending time on their screens due to the pandemic, it is imperative to ensure that we are not risking headaches, blurred vision, insomnia, and eye strains. Here are some useful tips on how to protect your eyes during this time:
#1. Adjust your lighting
When your screen light is significantly brighter than your surroundings, eye strains are more likely to occur because your eyes are competing to see. Operating your device in a well-lit room helps diffuse the light coming from your screen, especially when the light source is positioned directly behind you.
#2. Consciously blink your eyes
Blinking is an automatic bodily occurrence. However, the frequency of it counts. When you stare intently at a screen for a long time, you will naturally blink less. As blinking moistens and prevents your eyes from irritation, it is necessary to make conscious efforts to blink from time to time.
#3. Take a short break
It won’t hurt to take your eyes off the screen for a little while. There’s a rule called the 20-20-20 rule designed by Californian optometrist Jeffrey Anshel. He suggests taking your eyes off your screen every 20mins and fixating them on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. The rule helps to reduce eye strain to a reasonable extent, and if anything, it can help you stretch too!
#4. Take an actual break
This tip is pretty obvious but needs to be said anyway. If your work doesn’t require you to stay on the computer all day, you might need a little more than the occasional eye breaks. Take a walk, read a book, and focus on other things that do not require using your phone. These breaks are so important, especially for kids who are completely oblivious to the dangers that accompany spending so much time on a screen.
#5. Utilize reading mode or night mode
You have probably heard this a million times before, but blue light is potentially harmful to your eyes. Blue light is everywhere, even in sunlight. Indoor, you would find it in flat-screens, computers, smartphones, etc. While reasonable amounts of blue light are okay, too much exposure to it at night affects our wake and sleep cycle, disrupting our ability to sleep. Now, more people embrace the night mode feature on their devices as it decreases their screen brightness and helps them sleep better.
#6. Try computer glasses
Blurred vision is a symptom of computer eye strain. However, many people try to compensate for blurred vision by leaning forward towards their devices or trying to squint their eyes when all they need are computer glasses. One of the most common types is Photochromic lenses, which may sometimes include Anti-reflective (AR) coating. AR coatings eliminate reflections in lenses that reduce contrast and clarity, more so at night. The best part about using Photochromic glasses has to be that you never have to worry about swapping between your sunglasses and your eyeglasses because it pretty much does all the work. Although photochromic lenses are more expensive than regular prescription glasses, the comfort they bring makes it worth your while.
#7. Feed your eyes
The role of eating healthy cannot be overemphasized in eye care. Dry eye is caused by several things, including the inadequacy of Vitamin A. Diets rich in Vitamins (A, C & E) and omega-3 fatty are fantastic for the eyes and your general well-being. Most people often think you only have to be intentional about your diet when you have a health issue or are trying to lose weight. You don’t have to wait, start your healthy living journey now! Need culinary inspiration? Click here.
#8. Stay Safe with Cohen Eye Associates
In addition to these proactive measures, getting a yearly comprehensive eye exam is essential to ensure your eyes function properly.
At Cohen Eye Associates, we are passionate about keeping your eyes in the best state. Increased screen time or not, you owe yourself healthy eyes, and that’s precisely what these tips hope to help you achieve. Try out a few of these tips and you would be thanking us in no time. For personalized eye care in Downtown Houston, click here or call 713-658-8301 to book an appointment today!