Tuesday Tip: Prevent Eye Strain from Digital Devices

Symptoms of overworking. Young tired overworked african woman freelancer in eyeglasses working late from home, sitting in front of monitor, feeling eye strain and fatigue during computer work.Computer vision syndrome, also referred to as digital eye strain, describes a group of eye and vision related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader, and cell phone use.

We live in a digital world and whether we are at work or at home, a lot of people spend a significant amount of our daily lives looking at a screen. According to Web MD, some of the symptoms of computer vision syndrome are:

  • Eyes that feel dry and tired
  • Blurry vision at the end of the day
  • Sore neck and shoulders from phone or laptop usage

While it would be almost impossible for most people to stop looking at screens, there are many practical solutions to reduce the wear and tear on our eyes.

  • Try to blink more to minimize eye dryness.
  • Get a thorough eye exam annually.
  • Minimize discomfort from blue light monitors and screens by wearing blue-light blocking glasses.
  • Make sure your computer screen is positioned correctly. Web MD suggests that your computer screen should be about 25 inches (or an arm’s length) away from your face.
  • Take a few minutes to look away from the screen every two hours.

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