Using devices has become a way of life in this digital age. Whether you’re at home, work or school, you’ll find yourself having to make use of technology. This habit, however, may lead to computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. This is the discomfort your eyes feel after staring at a blue light-emitting screen for an extended time.
AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care, your trusted provider of LASIK co-management and other eye care services, suggests some ways you can reduce the negative impact of computer use on your eyes.
Use Adequate Lighting
Bright lights may overwhelm your eyes, increasing your risk of digital eye strain. We suggest using overhead lights so you can easily match the brightness to that of your surroundings. Installing blinds or curtains can also help control the amount of light coming into your room.
Adjust Your Computer Settings
We suggest using liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors. This type of screen rarely flickers and is easier on the eyes, reducing your risk of developing digital eye strain.
Have Your Eyes Checked
Uncorrected vision errors may make it harder for you to see things on your screen. As a result, you may stare at your monitor longer and even forget to blink at times. Visit your optometrist for an eye exam. We’ll check if you need to use eyeglasses or contact lenses for your improved viewing ease.
Observe Ergonomic Practices
Slouching can add stress on your eyes and increase your risk of having computer vision syndrome. This is why it’s important to observe proper posture whenever you’re using your devices. We also suggest using ergonomic chairs, those with seat cushion and back support, to maintain your comfort and body alignment.
Wear Computer Glasses
Your optometrist recommends wearing computer eyeglasses, especially if your lifestyle involves spending long hours in front of the computer. Their lenses are designed to block blue rays, preventing your eyes from being easily tired.
Make The 20-20-20 Rule A Habit
For every 20 minutes you have spent staring at your device, rest your eyes for 20 seconds. You do so by looking at an object that’s around 20 feet away from you.
For more tips on battling digital eye strain, call us at (757) 772-0086. You can also complete our form to schedule a visit. We serve Norfolk and the surrounding VA communities.