From laptops to gaming consoles, digital devices have become more compact and portable through the years, making them more convenient to carry around with you. 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 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 playing video games can actually benefit your vision.
Preventing Eye Strain
Follow these tips to minimize eye strain when using digital devices:
Observe the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes spent looking at a screen, rest your eyes for 20 seconds by looking at an object 20 feet away. This allows your eyes to adjust and rest for a bit.
Ensure proper lighting to reduce glare. You can also wear eyeglasses with an anti-reflective or glare-reducing coating.
If you’re playing on a television, 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
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. Some vision therapists also promote playing video games as a technique in treating amblyopia.
Of course, these benefits can only be reaped through a moderate amount of video gaming. Excessive gaming (i.e., over three hours of play time per day) can 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.