How much time do you spend on your computer? What about your other digital devices like your phone and tablet? You probably spend a lot of your time on these devices, especially if computers and digital devices are required for your job. If you use these devices for prolonged periods of time, you may notice that you are experiencing some discomfort, including eye strain.
It’s unlikely that you are going to cut back on your use of digital devices. So, what can you do? Here, the eye doctors at Berks Eye discuss digital eye strain and tips to avoid eye strain while you are on your digital devices.
What Is Digital Eye Strain?
Digital eye strain is eye strain caused by digital devices. Each person may experience eye strain differently. All of the following are symptoms of digital eye strain:
- Tired eyes
- Watery eyes
- Dry eyes
- Blurry vision
- Facial muscle fatigue
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms while you are on your digital devices, then this article is for you. Below are tips to help you avoid eye strain while you are on digital devices.
Blink … A Lot
When people stare at their digital devices, they actually blink less than normal. Blinking is your body’s way of keeping your eyes moist. If you are using digital devices, you should make an effort to blink … a lot. This can help you avoid dry eyes. If you still have issues, then artificial tears may also help to moisturize your eyes.
Take a Break
Have you heard of the 20-20-20 rule? This is used to give your eyes regular breaks from digital devices. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, for every 20 minutes of screen time, you should stare at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
Use your devices in locations where there is minimal glare. If you cannot move your device, then consider getting a glare filter for your screens to reduce glare.
Adjust Your Screens
The brightness, contrast and location of your screens impact your eyes. Ideally the brightness of your device’s screen should match the level of light around you. Additionally, you should be about an arm’s length distance away from your screen. You should also adjust your screen, so you don’t stare directly at your screen or have to look up. The ideal angle for your eyes is slightly downward.
Schedule an Appointment
If you spend a lot of time on digital devices, then you may be overdue for a comprehensive eye examination with one of the skilled doctors at Berks Eye. Please call (610) 372-0712 to schedule an appointment.