If you spend the majority of your day staring at a screen, you are at risk of suffering from eye strain. Staring at a digital device (computer or smart phone) for more than two hours at a time can result in eye fatigue and irritation; this is a problem when the average U.S. adult is spending four to six hours a day operating a digital device.
Eye strain can result in a wide range of effects such as headaches, blurry vision, and dizziness. While some effects are stronger than others, they can all impair your vision functionality. As a result, here are seven tips to help combat digital eye strain:
- Use the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away.
- View your stationary or handheld devices from an appropriate distance. Stationary devices should rest an arms-length away from your body; the top of your computer monitor positioned at eye level or below. Hand held devices should be held ¾ of an arms-length away from your body, positioning the viewing angle slightly below eye level.
- Enlarge the text on your screen for easier viewing.
- Frequently clean devices to eliminate dust and glare.
- Blink often to avoid dry eyes.
- Lower brightness on electronic devices.
- Consider getting a pair of computer glasses to help with eye strain.
Always remember that the best solution in preventing digital eye strain is to give your eyes a break from viewing digital devices. Challenge yourself to go a full day without spending more than two hours on any digital device; embrace the change and see the difference!