As we spend more time on digital devices for work, entertainment, and communication, we’re all becoming more familiar with the symptoms of eye strain. This condition, also known as computer vision syndrome, can cause discomfort, fatigue, headaches, and even long-term damage to your vision. But there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of eye strain and protect your eyes.
Here are some tips and tricks for dealing with eye strain:
Take Frequent Breaks
The American Optometric Association recommends the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will give your eyes a chance to rest and refocus, reducing the strain caused by prolonged screen time.
Adjust Your Environment
Make sure your screen is positioned at the right distance and angle for your eyes. The top of your screen should be at or slightly below eye level, and your screen should be about an arm’s length away from your face. Adjust the brightness and contrast of your screen to reduce glare, and consider using an anti-glare filter if necessary.
Blink More Often
When we stare at screens, we tend to blink less frequently, which can cause dry eyes and irritation. Try to blink more often, and consider using eye drops to lubricate your eyes if needed.
Take Care of Your Overall Health
Your eye health is closely linked to your overall health. Eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated can all help reduce your risk of eye strain. Additionally, try to maintain good posture and avoid slouching, as this can put extra strain on your eyes and neck.
Get an Eye Exam
If you’re experiencing frequent eye strain, it’s important to get an eye exam from a qualified optometrist. They can help identify any underlying conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms, such as nearsightedness or astigmatism. Additionally, they can provide advice on the best eyewear and contact lenses for your needs.
At Invision Optical, we’re committed to helping our clients protect their vision and prevent eye strain. Our experienced optometrists offer comprehensive eye exams and can provide recommendations for the best eyewear and contact lenses for your lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help you maintain healthy eyes.