4 Ways to Protect Your Eyes from Digital Screens
For many Americans, technology is a big part of the job. It has become the workplace standard to send and receive emails, work on projects, and track data using computers, tablets, and smartphones. At your workplace, how long do you stare at digital screens? If you’ve started experiencing eye strain, dry eyes, blurred vision, or headaches after looking at a screen for an extended period of time, you may want to learn about these Computer Vision Syndrome tips for improving eye health (Computer Vision Syndrome is also known as Digital Eye Strain).
It’s not realistic to stop staring at screens altogether, but fortunately, there are measures you can take to reduce your risk of Computer Vision Syndrome. Here are four tips to protect your vision and keep your eyes fresh and focused when you’re using screens.
1. 20-20-20 Rule
Follow the rule that every 20 minutes, you take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away. This gives your eyes a well-deserved break while also allowing them to refocus.
2. Anti-Glare Screens
When your screen has a glare, you strain your eyes to focus. Cut the glare down by adjusting the brightness of your laptop and the lighting in your workspace. If neither of these work, try a screen glare filter. They reduce the amount of light reflected which decreases the glare on your screen.
3. Conscious Blinking
You don’t blink as much when you stare at a computer screen, so take time to be sure you’re blinking. Blinking maintains moisture on the surface of your eyes so that you don’t experience dryness and irritation.
4. Computer Screen Location
The ideal location for your computer screen is around 4 to 5 inches below eye level and around 20 to 30 inches away from your face. This allows your eyes to look down comfortably. Place any materials that you need to reference at the same level as the computer screen, using a document holder if needed.
Talk to your eye care provider for more Computer Vision Syndrome tips and other pointers for maintaining eye health.