5 Tips for Preventing Digital Eye Strain

The smartphones, computers and TVs we use every day help us boost efficiency and enjoy modern conveniences. But looking at screens for even a short amount time can lead to digital eye strain, one of the biggest contributors to deteriorating vision.

Take a look at these five healthy vision tips that you can use to decrease the strain on your eyes:

  1. Make sure any computer screens and external monitors you use are at eye level. Also, try to keep them away from bright lights and windows to reduce glare on the screen.
  2. When using screens, follow the 20-20-20 rule—every 20 minutes, look at something that’s 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes time to relax and readjust. 
  3. See if the devices you use have the option to shift to warmer or more natural color tones. The blue light normally emitted by screens can irritate your eyes over time and throw off your circadian rhythm.
  4. Clean your screens regularly so your eyes don’t have to subconsciously work harder to make out images.
  5. Consider changing your schedule if you notice your vision is getting significantly worse by the end of the day. This is can be a sign of computer vision syndrome, a condition caused by long periods of uninterrupted screen viewing.
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