5 Ways to Relieve Digital Eye Strain
There are many things you can do on your own to help prevent digital eye strain. Try these top 5 ways to reduce digital eye strain to find relief from your symptoms.
1. Adjust Your Workspace
We know you spend a lot of time in front of your computer. Did you know that an ergonomic workspace can make your eyes feel more comfortable? Keep your screen about an arm’s length away and about 20-degrees lower than your eyes. Keep your workspace situated to reduce glare from overhead lighting or windows.
2. Make Sure You Can See
This might sound obvious, but your eyes could be straining to see if you don’t have an accurate eyeglass or contact lens prescription. If you’re experiencing a lot of eye strain, it could be time to come see us for an eye exam.
3. Adjust Your Posture
Yes, this is different than adjusting your workspace! Remind yourself to sit up straight, keep your shoulders relaxed, and make sure your chair provides proper back support.
4. Treat Your Eyes Nicely
Are you one of those people with a bottle of moisturizer with you wherever you go? Even if you’re not, there’s room on your desk or in your bag for eye drops. Use eye drops throughout the day to prevent dry eyes. And, don’t forget to blink! We tend to blink less while we’re looking at a screen.
5. Take Breaks
Just like our minds and bodies need time to rest, so do our eyes. Try to do non-screen tasks while you’re on your coffee and lunch breaks. Additionally, you can practice the 20-20-20 rule: after 20 minutes of looking at the screen, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
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