Digital eye strain and how to avoid it
We’ve made it through the darkest days of the year, watching as headlights fly past us during our morning and evening commutes.
Did you eyes ever feel increasingly tired after a long day at the office? Staring at a computer screen all day can strain your eyes and make you feel more tired than you should.
Computer related eye issues account for a large percentage of visits to the doctor each year. This number could increase as our use of screens for everyday purposes also increases.
Here are some tips we recommend for avoiding sore, tired eyes:
Take some time out of your day to look at something else. On your break? Look out the window or around the office. Symptoms of eye fatigue include sore or irritated eyes, trouble focusing, dry or watery eyes, blurred our double vision, increased sensitivity to light, and pain in the neck, shoulders, or back.
Eye fatigue can be combatted by getting enough sleep at night, but sometimes that doesn’t feel like enough.
Along with adjusting your workspace, you can use hydrating eye drops throughout the day. If you wear contact lenses, it is even more important to keep your eyes hydrated, because a dry lens can cause damage to your eye. In the mornings, try placing a warm facecloth over your eyes as part of your daily routine. There are also warm compresses you can buy to help alleviate dry eyes.
While using your devices follow the 20-20-20 rule. Once you’ve been looking at your computer screen for 20 minutes, look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds to give your eyes a break.
A few tricks can make your workspace more comfortable. Change the lighting in your area to reduce glare and harsh reflections, use an adjustable chair that you can move around during the day, and decorate your space with different things to look at.
Eye fatigue and pain could be a symptom of something more severe. It is important to book yearly eye exams and call your doctor if you feel that your vision is changing, or if you’re experiencing more discomfort.