With people being more connected to digital devices than ever before, whether for work or for pleasure, it’s important to take some steps to protect your eyes from the strain that can be caused by long periods of time spent looking at screens. Digital eye strain and various forms of eye fatigue often result from extended exposure to these devices that emit blue light radiation and pixelated content that can be difficult to focus on.
Even if you look at screens for as little as two hours a day, you could still be susceptible to symptoms of digital eye strain, which include headaches, blurred vision, red or irritated eyes, dry or watery eyes, difficulty focusing, neck or back pain, light sensitivity and general fatigue. Studies show that 60 percent of people spend at least six hours per day in front of a digital device, and 70 percent of adults report experiencing these types of symptoms.
So, what can you do to protect your eyes and alleviate these symptoms? Here are some tips to give you better computer eye protection in Oshkosh:
- Make sure you work in proper lighting: The screen should be about as bright as the surrounding environment. You should adjust the contrast and brightness on your screen to whatever levels are most comfortable. Some types of phone, tablet and computer screens automatically adjust based on perceived lighting levels in the room.
- Cut down on glare: Glare is one of the biggest causes of computer eyestrain. This means you should try to set up your computer in a place where light from windows will not affect it. You can also purchase anti-glare computer screens, as well as anti-reflective coatings you can apply to your eyewear.
- Take breaks: You should give your eyes frequent breaks from looking at screens. Reducing screen time isn’t necessarily something you can do if you have to work on a computer most of the day, but you can at least look away from the computer every 20 minutes or so for about 20 to 30 seconds. This also makes for a good time to stand up, stretch and walk around a bit to avoid your back and neck becoming strained.
- Consider screen size and distance: Always make sure you’re working with a high-quality screen with a reasonably large display that is directly in your line of vision. This becomes harder when we’re talking about spending a lot of time looking at your phone, but if you already have vision problems, having a larger phone or enlarging the font on your screen can help as well.
- Blink: It can be very helpful to keep your eyes moist while using a digital screen for a longer period of time. People tend to blink less often when using a computer, so make sure you focus on blinking every now and then. Set a timer if you need to—you can get in some good blinking every 20 minutes or so.
For more tips about computer eye protection in Oshkosh, contact Dr. Jill’s Optical Shoppe to speak with an eye doctor today.