Tips to Prevent Digital Eye Strains

Numbers don’t lie. There are more than 10 million people who suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome every year. Though computers are an essential tool in our offices, spending more than two hours daily in front of them poses a threat to the eyes. You would be more prevalent by 90% to suffer from CVS. You wouldn’t want to think about the risk that Americans get into since they spend an average of 6 hours daily, which translates to 1548 hours per year. Out of this, only a paltry 16 new patients get treated for the same problem every month by Ophthalmologists.

But what exactly is CVS? It is also known as digital eye strains – a group of vision-related sicknesses suffered when using computers, tablets, e-readers, and cell phones for prolonged durations. So, it is not only computers but also phones. If you use digital screens for prolonged hours, you are likely to experience eye discomfort. The discomfort will, however, increase upon further use of these screens. The effects of eye discomfort include eye fatigue and eye tiredness, eye strains, migraines, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and eye irritation. You can also suffer burning eye, back pain, blurry vision, and much more. All these can be reduced if the digital user will stick to the 20:20:20 rule, but who does anyway?

Did you know that as much as you use digital screens, you can reduce CVS? Here is my explanation of how to achieve this, in six steps:

Ensure you keep blinking

When you keep blinking, the natural therapeutic tear will wash your eyes. When viewing these screens, most people forget to blink. So, ensure to blink more often and stay safe.

Stick to the 20-20-20 rule

This practically means that for every 20 minutes you use on your computer or phone, ensure you spare 20 seconds to look at something that is approximately 20 feet away, minimum.

Manage your lighting

Ensure you have good lighting, brighter lighting overhead to counter your screen’s light. Always operate with your lamp desk. Make sure your window light is off to the side and not at the back or in front of you. If possible, ensure you use blinds and have a glare screen. Get rid of reflections from your window and overhead lights.

Check your monitor

Ensure your monitor is at a minimum of 20 inches from your eyes and its center at 4 to 6 inches from your eyes. Configure its contrast and brightness as well as having it big enough, make sure the adjustment is comfortable with your eyes. Adjust it a little such that you look at it 25 to 30 inches away.

Use computer glasses

Computer screens are on sale, and your doctor is in the right position to recommend to you the proper eyeglasses to use while working on a computer. Always ensure to use them every time you are working on a computer.

Visit your doctor

More often, visit your doctor to get your eyes checked. During the eye examination, more than computer vision problems will be checked and cured. Make this a routine.

 


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