From laptops to gaming consoles, digital devices have become more compact and portable through the years. As a result, people are spending more time using these gadgets than ever before.
In fact, recent studies show that Americans spend an average of 10 hours a day on screens, with at least one hour of that spent on playing video games.
Whether you play mostly on a large screen or a mobile device, eye care specialists at Vision Care Plus suggest that you should take care to avoid eye strain. In this article, we offer some tips on preventing eye strain and discuss how video games can benefit your vision.
Preventing Eye Strain
Keep these reminders in mind to avoid straining your eyes when playing video games:
Follow the 20-20-20 rule. After 20 minutes of screen time, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This allows your eyes to rest a bit.
Ensure proper lighting to reduce glare. You can also wear eyeglasses with an anti-reflective coating or a glare-reducing cover.
When watching TV, make sure you’re six to 10 feet away from the screen. If you’re using a computer, the top of the monitor should be at eye level.
If you often experience eye strain, visit an eye specialist and take an eye examination.
Benefits of Playing Video Games
Like most things in life, playing video games has its good side too. Some studies have shown that “action” video games have benefits for visual activities like reading and driving at night.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), video games can help improve spatial resolution, which enables gamers to see objects more clearly and more easily than before. Some vision therapists also promote video games as a technique in treating amblyopia.
Of course, these benefits can only be reaped through a moderate amount of video gaming. Anything more than the prescribed amount or frequency (over three hours of play time per day may be considered excessive) may have negative effects.
Vision Care Plus offers superior eye care services such as comprehensive eye exams, cataract diagnosis and more. Call us at (844) 201-5900 or fill out our contact form to request a consultation. We provide our expertise to clients in Drayton Valley and Camrose, AB, and the surrounding areas.