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Computers and Your Eye Health

October 11, 2018

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With an increase of technology in our everyday lives, we are constantly surrounded by screens – computer, phones, and televisions. According to a study done by The Vision Counsel, over 83% of Americans report using digital devices for more than two hours a day. This extended screen exposure that is now a routine part of our lives has caused eye exhaustion, known as computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. The symptoms of digital eye strain are headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck or shoulder pain.

Here are 5 tips that can offer relief:

  1. 20/20/20 Rule: If you spend long hours in front of your computer or on your cell phone, make sure to take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and shift your vision to focus on something that is 20 feet away.
  2. Blink: When you are focused on a computer or phone screen, you will often blink less. This can lead to dry eyes and blurry vision. Therefore, make a conscious effort to blink when using a digital device.
  3. Move: Take a minimum of two 15-minute breaks throughout your day, but don’t just hop on Facebook when taking a break from work. Instead, make a concerted effort to get up and move or stretch during these breaks to truly give your eyes a rest.
  4. Light: Adjust your computer to avoid glare and change the brightness of your computer screen. By adjusting the brightness to match the light of the room you are in – make sure it does not look like a light bulb or lamp or too dull. You can also adjust the size and color of your phone or computer’s text to help your eyes. It is easier for your eyes to look at dark letters on a lighter background.
  5. Eye Exam: It is crucial for keeping your eyes healthy by visiting us at Allied Eye for a comprehensive eye exam. When you come in, make sure to mention that you are concerned about digital eye fatigue. This will help Dr. Matzkin and our team to come up with solutions for you to address the symptoms you are experiencing. Call Allied Eye today at 423-855-8522 to schedule.