Do you suffer from digital eye strain? In today’s world of digital devices, it is a common complaint! Before visiting your optometrist, try the following tips:
Follow the 20/20/20 Rule
Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break from looking at your screen, and look at something that is at least 20 feet away from you.
Every 5-10 minutes, make a conscious effort to blink your eyes.
When you look at screens, you blink less than half as often as when you aren’t on a digital device. Blinking more often will help moisten your eyes and reduce dryness.
Adjust your screen and room lighting to reduce glare.
Do you sit near a window or under a bright fluorescent light? These light sources may cause a harsh glare on your screen, making it harder for your eyes to focus. Try decreasing the lighting in the room and/or adjusting your screen position to minimize reflections.
If after trying these tips, you continue to feel strain and discomfort, come see us! The first step may be a small prescription that will help relax your eyes when viewing a screen. When filling this prescription we recommend a blue-blocking anti-reflective lens . This lens will significantly reduce exposure to the harmful blue light emitted from your device. These steps may be all you need to eliminate your eye strain, but if further treatment is needed, we will develop a individualized treatment plan to address your specific symptoms.