As we spend more time on our computers, tablets, and smartphones, many of us are experiencing digital eye strain. According to a survey conducted by The Vision Council in 2015 59% of American adults report experiencing digital eye strain symptoms.
Digital eye strain symptoms may include:
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you should ask your eye doctor about digital eye strain.
Individuals who spend a lot of time using digital devices, either at work or at home, are likely to experience digital eye strain. Here are a few things you can do to keep your eyes happy and healthy.
Taking frequent breaks away from your computer or other digital devices is a great way to give your eyes a rest. Every couple of hours get up, stretch, and go for a short walk. This can help prevent neck, back, and shoulder pain.
The 20/20/20 rule states that every 20 minutes you should take a 20 second break and look at something that is at least 20 feet away from you. Digital eye strain is partially caused by prolonged near focus. By looking at something far away, our focusing muscles get a chance to relax. Try setting a timer while you are at work to remind yourself to take a short break.
A well designed workspace can help prevent digital eye strain. Make sure your computer monitor or other digital screen is set to a comfortable level of brightness, based on the ambient lighting. To do this, you may want to consider turning off bright overhead lights and relying on natural light, desk lamps, and standing lamps.
You should also make sure that your workspace is set up to reduce the amount of strain you put on your neck and shoulders. Adjust your monitor so that the top third is at or slightly below eye level. This will place your screen between 10 and 15 degrees below your line of sight.
Glare is hard on our eyes, so you should position your monitor to reduce glare. You may also want to consider an anti-glare cover for your screen.
If you spend prolonged periods of time on the computer, you may want to invest in a pair of computer glasses. Computer glasses limit the amount of harmful blue light that reaches our eyes and reduce glare, protecting our eyes. They are designed to ease focusing and accommodative effort and can be made to incorporate any prescription.
Do you think you might be experiencing digital eye strain?
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