Eye Care in the Age of Screens
The more time we spend on screens, the more crucial it is to take active steps to protect our eyes. Digital eye strain, or computer vision syndrome, can cause headaches, blurry vision, and dry eyes if left unmanaged.
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What Causes Digital Eye Strain?
Digital eye strain is caused by the prolonged use of devices like computers, smartphones, and tablets. When focusing intently on screens’ small text and images, our eyes may not get the breaks they need to function properly.
Prolonged exposure to screens can also cause symptoms of dry eye disease. The more time we use on screens, the less we may blink. Decreased blink rate diminishes tear function and can cause blurred vision and a gritty feeling like something is in the eye.
Managing Digital Eye Strain
Reducing the effects of digital eye strain is all about being mindful of your screen use. As soon as you become aware of how you use screens and how they affect your health, you can make small adjustments to give your eyes a break and see comfortably.
The 20-20-20 Rule
The 20-20-20 rule is simple. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break from your screen by looking at an object 20 feet away. This action gives your eyes the chance to refocus and relax so you can reduce damage or discomfort caused by strain.
If your device is full of fingerprints and muck, your eyes may have difficulty seeing clearly. We squint to see clearly and increase clarity. Squinting through smudges on your screen is an inefficient way to view your screen, and it can cause headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and eye fatigue.
You can clean off your screens using a microfiber cloth that picks up dirt and dust, ensuring your screen is clear so you can use it more comfortably.
On most devices, you can adjust the settings to suit your needs. Try not to have the brightness on your screen turned all the way up because it can cause discomfort. Matching screen brightness to your surroundings can also lower glare, which can, in turn, help reduce the impact of digital eye strain.
You can also adjust the font size on smartphones and internet browsers. Increasing font sizes reduces squinting, so you can feel comfortable without straining your eyes to focus.
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