Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, has been a recognized health problem for over 20 years. It involves a wide range of eye and vision-related conditions resulting from excessive exposure to digital devices. Staring at a screen for a long time can cause the eyes to ache and come irritated, with some even experiencing headaches.
Visiting eye care doctors can help, but there are ways you can manage symptoms related to digital eye strain. Here are some of them.
The “20-20-20” Rule
Your eyes can get tired due to constant motion whenever you work in front of the computer screen. One way to reduce fatigue is to follow the 20-20-20 rule. In this exercise, you simply look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds in 20-minute intervals.
Blinking More Often
Many eye care specialists recommend blinking as a simple solution for reducing the symptoms of digital eye strain. Working in front of a computer causes you to blink less, resulting in dry eyes and irritation. All it takes is to close your eyes for a few seconds. This will help your eyes moisten again. You can do this during one of your breaks or when you want to take a brief pause from your flow of work.
Eyes can get strained through glare from surrounding lighting. You can close down the curtains or blinds of your windows if sunlight is interfering your work. You can also invest in an anti-glare screen for your monitor (film if you are using a mobile phone or handheld device).
Having your eyes checked can help remedy vision problems related to digital eye strain. You can start with a visit to Vision Care Plus, one of the premier eye care centers in the area. Give us a call at (844) 201-5900 to learn more about our services. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Camrose, AB.