According to a survey, over 86% spend two or more hours, and over 55% spend more than 5 hours on digital devices.
This number is only set to grow further as we are swamped with the necessity to use such devices in our daily lives.
Due to this over 55% of the digital users have reported some sign of digital eye strain. Some of these signs are eye twitching, redness, dry eyes, headaches, neck, and shoulder pains.
Neglecting these signs will only deteriorate the condition further.
While we cannot completely stop clocking screen-on time either due to the nature of our work or how our lifestyles are built around them, we can always take preventive steps to make less the damage and eye strain.
So, here are 10 effective tips to alleviate digital eye strain.
Digital Eye Strain Tips:
1. Proper lighting
Well, this goes without saying, as we’ve been hearing this from our parents since childhood. Whether you are reading a book or working on a digital device, it is very important that you do those tasks under proper lighting conditions.
Bright lights in the surrounding will strain your eyes. It is one of the most common reasons for digital eye strain. Poor lighting on the other hand will tire your eyes and may even worsen your sight.
So, make sure you maintain adequate lighting while working on a system.
2. Adjust Screen brightness
Now, maintaining proper lighting conditions in the room is only job half done as you need to make sure the brightness of your devices is also at the right levels.
As a matter of fact, the light emitting from your screen has more potential of damaging your eyesight and even cause blindness. The light emitted from the digital devices is known as blue light.
It might be tempting to use these devices at complete brightness, to take advantage of the gorgeous displays they come with, however, throw caution to the surrounding lighting and adjust the screen brightness accordingly.
3. Use anti-blue light glasses
If you are still adamant about using your digital devices at high brightness, you can choose to use anti-blue light glasses to shield your eyes from the blue light that emanates from the screen.
4. Switch on night mode
If you are not a fan of using glasses, you can always switch on the night mode on your devices.
Most devices today come with night mode. It turns the screen of your mobile or laptop into a darker contrast, cutting down the bright background which puts undue stress on your eyes.
These devices also come with a feature called “blue light filter.” Turning this feature on will put an orangish hue to your screen. This significantly cuts down the harmful blue light from the devices.
5. Adjust font and size
Squinting to get a better look at the words in the device or extending your head closer to the screen will do no good to both your eyes and body posture. Instead, try adjusting the font and size of the letters on the screen so that you can read comfortably.
6. Adjust screen distance angle
Small adjustments to your screen can make a huge difference in significantly cutting down the strain on your eyes.
Adjust the screen of your device to an angle of 15-20 degrees to your eyesight and ensure that the device is between 20-28 inches from your eyes.
7. Blink away
Blink often. Yes, blink often while working on a computer to prevent dry eyes.
It was found out that people only blink one-third than they normally do while working on a digital device. This results in eye dryness, which in turn affects your vision and increases discomfort.
Blinking in quick succession will remoisten your eyes. If you are not able to train yourself to blink often, you can always use eye drops or artificial tears to alleviate the dryness.
8. Shift focus
Taking regular breaks in between your work is very important not only for your mind to refresh but also for your eyes to refocus. Try shifting your focus off your screen and on to a faraway object or a faraway wall to relieve the eyes.
Doing this for 30 seconds every 30 minutes can help a lot in relieving eye strain and fatigue.
9. Limit screen-on time
No matter which tip you follow, it is important that you also limit your screen-on time for unimportant activities like consuming content.
10. Get regular eye check-up
Lastly, but most importantly, we at RedHeal cannot stress enough about the need to get your eyes checked by a doctor regularly.
Getting a regular and comprehensive eye exam from an eye specialist will help to identify any disorder or eye condition as soon as they develop and makes it easier to treat and clear it.
Contact us today, to Book an Appointment with Eye Specialists near you.