Computer eye strain is a growing issue in today’s technology-driven society. More people spend hours staring at monitors and devices for work and entertainment. What can you do to protect your vision from computer-related eye strain?
- Stay Up to Date with Eye Exams
Schedule routine eye exams to watch for changes or problems with your vision. Even if you do not spend a lot of time looking at a screen, annual exams are a good way to maintain health and eyesight.
- Always Use Adequate Lighting
Poor lighting can cause eye strain. Soften harsh light and make sure all ambient light is half as bright as illumination used in an office setting. You can also close blinds, shades, or drapes to reduce bright natural light.
- Reduce Glare As Much As Possible
Light shining on reflective surfaces can cause glare. Reduce this as much as possible by using matte paint in darker colors on walls and décor. You can also use a computer hood to help stop glare.
- Look Away from the Screen
Periodically look away from your screen to give your eyes a rest. Focus on an object that’s 20 feet or more away from you for 20 seconds. This should be done at least once every 20 minutes.
- Manage Your Computer Time
Take frequent breaks and keep tabs on your computer time. Spend time engaging in other activities that do not involve a screen.
- Blink Frequently
Keep eyes moist by blinking frequently. This helps stop dryness and prevents irritation.
- Invest in Computer Eyewear
You can visit your ophthalmologist to learn more about computer eyewear. This is another way to protect your eyes when working on devices with screens.
Contact Eye Michigan if you are having any symptoms or are due for your comprehensive annual eye exam. We look forward to your visit and helping you maintain healthy eyes.
#EyeMichigan #ComputerEyeStrain #HealthyVision #EyeExam #ComputerEyewear