Digital Eye Strain Prevention Tips

How many hours do you spend looking at the screen of a digital device? In the USA, the average adult spends close to 11 hours looking at a screen per day and checks their phone every 10 minutes. The Vision Council reveals that about 59 percent of adult Americans experience the symptoms of digital eye strain. This isn’t much of a surprise considering that the modern world runs on digital devices. If you have experienced it, you would know how uncomfortable it can get. In fact, it may hinder all your daily activities by causing pain, irritation, and watering of the eyes. For some people, it may even cause headaches. The following are the top three prevention tips for digital eye strain:

1. Follow the 20-20-20 Rule

Staring at digital screens for prolonged periods is the main cause of digital eye strain. No matter how busy you’re working on a laptop, computer, or mobile phone, you must look away after every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds. Consider looking at any random thing that is at least 20 feet away. In addition to this, try taking a walk in the natural light during your lunch breaks if your office work involves a computer.

2. Use Eye Drops

When you focus on a screen for too long, your rate of blinking per minute goes down significantly. This eventually causes the eyes to become dry and irritated. To prevent this, you should consider using eye drops as artificial tears. Apart from this, make sure you keep blinking appropriately when using a screen.

3. Focus on the Screen Distance and Position

You must position your screen properly and look at it from a correct distance. Ideally, it should be at an arm’s length from your eyes and you should be viewing it at your eye level or perhaps slightly below it. The same goes for tablets and mobile phones – you must hold them below your eye level.

Pro tip: You should consider setting a larger font size for the text on the screen depending on your comfort level.

Incorporate these habits to reduce the eye strain caused by digital devices. The i-Chek™ Illuminated Eye Examination Mirror also helps maintain eye health. By providing you the ability to see in ultra-high definition at high magnification, you can remove scruf and debris. 

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