The coronavirus pandemic caused many of us to work from home, resulting in increased usage of digital devices such as computers, laptops and smartphones. Unfortunately, digital eye strain has affected not only adults but also children, with numbers rising up to 50-60%.
If not treated properly, digital eye strain can lead to more serious problems like dry eyes or blurred vision. It’s important to take steps to relieve digital eye strain and protect your vision. Here are some tips on how to do just that.
Take Regular Breaks
One of the best ways to reduce digital eye strain is to take regular breaks from screens, particularly if you’re spending long hours in front of a computer or phone. During these breaks, try taking a walk outside or focusing on something off-screen, such as reading a book or doing a puzzle.
You can also follow the 20-20-20 rule. This rule suggests that for every 20 minutes of screen time, you should take a 20-second break and focus on something at least 20 feet away.
Blink More Often
Make a conscious effort to blink regularly while using digital devices. Blinking helps to keep your eyes moist and lubricated, preventing dryness and irritation that can lead to eye strain.
Adjust Screen Settings
If the display settings on your device are too bright or the text is too small, you may be straining your eyes. Adjust the brightness and font size to enhance comfort and reduce the exertion of the eyes.
Use Proper Eyewear
If you wear glasses, consider investing in a pair with an anti-reflective coating, as this can help reduce the glare your eyes have to endure. Additionally, computer glasses can be beneficial as they are designed specifically for digital devices and provide better protection than regular eyeglasses.
Apply Non-Prescription Artificial Tears
Frequent exposure to harsh blue light from screens can result in dry eyes. Applying non-prescription eye drops can help provide relief for irritated eyes.
Get Your Eyes Checked
Last but most important, get your eyes checked regularly to ensure they are healthy and free from strain. Even if you don’t require prescription glasses, an eye exam can help detect any underlying medical conditions that could be causing digital eye strain.
Schedule an eye test with The Bromley Eye Centre now.