In addition to these tips on preventing digital eye strain, it is important to implement other eye-healthy habits.
Studies suggest that people now spend upwards of 13 hours looking at a screen every day – a number that is likely to continue to increase with hybrid work environments that require daily Zoom calls and the immediacy of streaming entertainment. But not taking preventative measures, can potentially cause many negative effects to eye health, including dry, burning and itchy eyes, blurred vision and headaches.
It is important to understand what digital eye strain is and its causes. Blinking rates dramatically decrease when working on a computer, ultimately causing irritating, or even painful, symptoms. And the contrast of text against a background on a computer screen can be harmful on the eyes. While the increase of digital screen time is unlikely to end soon, there are several methods individuals can take to lessen the symptoms of computer vision syndrome.
Here are a few approaches you can take:
In addition to these tips on preventing digital eye strain, it is important to implement other eye-healthy habits such as wearing protective eyewear, cleaning your hands and contact lenses properly, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, regularly getting eye exams, avoiding smoking and being aware of your family’s eye health history. These simple steps can make a huge impact on contributing to your eye’s overall health.