For Your Eyes Only: Tips to prevent eye strain
Whether we are at work or at home, we are virtually always focused on some type of screen—computer screens, virtual readers, cellphones and TVs. If we put a pause on the constant entertainment, we may not be able to ignore the toll all this screen-time is having on our eyes.
There are several eye conditions that result from consistent screen use, including eye fatigue and computer vision syndrome (CVS). Common symptoms of CVS include:
- Tired eyes
- Eye discomfort
- Dry eye
- Red eyes
- Eye tearing
- Itchy eyes
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
The good news is there are options when it comes to giving our eyes a break. Here are some recommended strategies to help soothe your sight:
Remember 20:20:20: Look away from your screen every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds and focus on an object 20 feet away.
Keep Your Eyes Hydrated: Use eye drops to provide extra moisture and lubrication. Drink water, hydration helps combat dry eye.
Adjust Your Screen: Enlarge the text, reduce the glare with a filter and position your screens so the center is 4 to 5 inches below your eye level and 20 to 28 inches away from your eyes.
Look at a Hard Copy: Utilize paper versions of things when possible. Print it out if you are going to be spending a lot of time reading, or buy a paper copy of your next book.
Talk to an Expert: Screen-time certainly adds up, but it may not be the only thing contributing to eye fatigue. There are other conditions, such as allergies and thyroid disease that can cause eye irritation and dryness.
Having tired eyes can put a real damper on things. When you have to work just to see, you know it’s time to seek professional help! Find the right physician at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/physician.