These days it seems like everyone is staring at some sort of screen at all times. Whether it be a phone, tablet, laptop or TV. This is causing a serious problem called digital eyestrain for both adults and children.
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Recent studies backed by the Vision Council suggest that 59% of individuals who spend time infront of digital devices experience symptoms of Digital Eye Strain.
Symptoms of Digital Eye Strain include Fatigue, Headaches, Dry Eyes, Red/Sore Eyes, Neck and Shoulder Pain, Loss of Sleep and Blurred Vision.
Here are 10 ways you can protect yourself from digital eye strain If you spend 6+ hours in front of digital devices!
1) Take Frequent Breaks
The key to reducing the symptoms of digital eye strain such as sore/red eyes and shoulder/neck pain is by taking frequent breaks.
Take a 10 minute break every 1 hour and during these breaks make sure to stand up, move around and stretch.
2) Eye Exercise
Look away from your device every 20 minutes and focus on an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds at a time. This is called the "20-20-20 rule" by some eye doctors. This relaxes the focusing muscles inside the eye to reduce fatigue.
3) Clean Your Screen
A clean, dust and smudge free screen always helps reduce the symptoms of Digital Eye Strain
4) Screen Glasses
For the greatest comfort while using your devices, make sure to invest in a good pair of Screen Glasses. Screen Glasses can block up to 90% of the blue light from screens which causes the symptoms of digital eye strain.
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5) Blink More Often
You can often forget to blink while using a digital device. Blinking helps moisten your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation. It also helps your eyes refocus and prevent focus fatigue.
Make sure you remember to blink often while using your devices to prevent digital eye strain and fatigue.
6) Adjust the Brightness, Text Size and Colour Temperature
Adjust your device's brightness to minimize the effects of digital eye strain. Brightness of your screen should be the same as that of your surrounding. Don't let the brightness of your screen compete with the light in your surrounding as this results in glare which contributes to digital eye strain.
Increase the text size of your device to define the screen better so you could focus on your screen better.
Reduce the colour temperature of your screen to minimize the blue light that is emitted by your screen.
7) Minimize Glare
Glare from surrounding light or light reflected from nearby objects contributes the most to digital eye strain. Make sure to match your screen's brigtness with the surroundings and avoid sitting near windows to prevent glare.
Most High Quality Screen Glasses come with an anti glare coating which protects you from digital eye strain.
8) Keep Your Distance
For Computers, the distance between your eyes and the screen should be one arm length.
For Handheld devices, hold the device just below eye line at a distance which enables you to read the screen comfortably.
9) Re-Adjust Your Work Space
If you need to look back and forth while working on your computer you must invest in a document holder which allows you to easily refer to your documents without looking away.
10) Limit Screen Time
The last but not the least important tip to prevent digital eye strain is by limiting your screen time. Don't use your devices when you don't need to. Take frequent breaks and explore the world around you. This is expecially for children who can not spend a few minutes without staring at a digital device.