Your computer, mobile phone, and other digital devices cast powerful blue light, increasing the likelihood of eye strain, blurred vision, dry eyes, and headaches. These symptoms may lead to computer vision syndrome, speed up macular degeneration, and could even lead to sleeping problems. Whether you wear eyeglasses or not, learning how to ease strain will help prevent eye damage.
How to Reduce Eye Strain
1. Adjust Lighting
Bright lights from natural or indoor lighting increase eye strain by competing with the computer screen, so they should be minimized. Draw your curtains or close your blinds when working on your computer to reduce bright natural lighting. Choose a low wattage bulb for your indoor lighting and avoid using fluorescent bulbs. Position your light source to the side of your computer screen instead of behind natural lighting.
2. Adjust the Monitor Display
If you can’t make changes to the lighting in your home or office, then adjust your display monitor. If possible, move the display further away from you, just at arm’s length, or modify the internal display settings. Most digital display monitors today have adjustable brightness, contrast, and color settings. Change the brightness to match your current environment’s lighting. When reading long documents, change your settings to a larger font.
3. Choose Appropriate Eyewear
If you’re having trouble with your eyesight or current eyeglasses, a comprehensive eye exam can help assess your eyewear needs. While eyeglasses correct vision, you may also need computer glasses, which help reduce blue light from digital screens. They also have anti-glare and anti-reflective capabilities that will help you sleep better.
4. Take Screen Breaks
If you find yourself working long hours in front of a computer, it could be impeding on your productivity and increasing your eye strain. Make sure to take breaks away from your computer to walk around and stretch. If that’s not possible, try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
If you’re suffering from chronic eye strain or simply need a routine eye exam, the team of optometrists at Alexander Eye Associates & Optical in Monroe County, NY, can help. This locally owned and operated eye care facility offers quality optometry care and a wide array of services from eyeglasses and contact lenses to corrective eye surgery to help improve your vision. Call their office today at (585) 325-3070 to schedule an appointment or visit their website for more information about their services.