With the average person spending an overwhelming ten hours a day staring at a screen, it’s no surprise that eyesight begins to suffer.
Almost 90% of Americans are at risk of developing “Digital Eye Strain” from increased time on computers, cell phones and other devices. As a result, your body can experience everything from blurred vision and dry eye to eye fatigue and headaches.
Dr. Toni Albrecht, OD, from InVision Distinctive Eyewear suggests 5 easy tips for avoiding digital eye strain:
1. Take a break
“It’s important to give your eyes regular breaks away from the computer throughout the day. The 20/20/20 rule is an easy way to remember this: Take a break every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. When you’re focused back on your screen, make a conscious effort to blink to help prevent dry eye.”
2. Adjust display settings
“Staring at a small font is an easy way to induce eye fatigue and a headache. Boost text size to something that’s comfortable to see without squinting. Remember, screen brightness, contrast and color temperature should all be roughly in sync.”
3. Adjust workspace
“Position your chair so that your screen is at or below eye level. Screens that are too high can create neck pain for the user since they must tip their head back to see. InVision also offers specialized office lenses – a great option for frequent computer users.”
4. Avoid blue light
“It’s common for people to use cell phones or tablets at night while in bed. However, one of the most damaging consequences from this is the prolonged exposure to high energy visible (HEV) light or blue light. An overexposure to this light can lead to retinal damage and macular degeneration (plus, it can throw off your sleep cycle). Avoid viewing digital devices for at least 90 minutes before bed and ask your InVision eye doctor about a lens option to block out harmful blue light.”
5. Consult the professionals
“An annual eye exam at InVision is a great way to maintain eye health and catch any underlying problems early. Update your doctor if you’re experiencing frequent eye strain and make sure your eyeglass or contact lens prescription is up to date.”