The world of instant information at our fingertips is one of the most revolutionary aspects of modern technology. For those who work on a computer all day, the ability to complete timely work may be hindered by the discomforts of feeling tired and irritated after focusing on a screen for hours. The necessity to constantly focus and refocus as the eyes move back and forth with words and images on the digital screen or the up and down shift from the computer to documents, the eyes have a lot to keep up with as the brain processes what the eyes see. These tasks can put significant strain on the eyes. Computer vision syndrome, better known as digital eye strain, occurs due to prolonged use of digital devices or computer screens. Most digital eye strain symptoms are temporary but do include blurred vision, double vision, itchy eyes, dry eyes, increased light sensitivity, redness, difficulty focusing and fatigue. Non-ocular symptoms also include neck pain, shoulder pain and headaches.
If working on a computer for multiple hours in a day, it is imperative to consider the following eye care tips for computer users. First, take frequent breaks. To avoid discomfort, follow the 20-20-20 rule recommended by both the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology to relax your eye muscles: for every 20 minutes on the computer, spend 20 seconds looking at an object 20 feet away. Additionally, if you are sitting all day you should get up and walk around periodically to prevent strain on the eyes as well as the neck and back. Tear production is also important to reduce dry eye symptoms. People tend to blink less often when staring at a computer screen. In fact, the rate of blinking reduces from 15 times per minute to only 5 to 7 times per minute. Remember to blink more frequently or supplement with artificial tear drops. Eye exercises such as eye rolling and blinking slowly as if falling asleep 10 times in a row can help alleviate tension in the eye muscles caused by digital strain.
Making some minor adjustments to your surroundings can prove beneficial to your eyes while using a computer. Managing the setting features on your computer such as brightness, font size, contrast and color temperature can help. You might also try adjusting your screen position or height because poor posture can hinder quality vision. Poor room lighting can play a role in digital eye strain. Try to incorporate natural sunlight in the room when possible. Proper eyewear such as necessary prescription glasses or contact lenses, especially with blue-light blockers, can improve the symptoms associated with digital eye strain. With digital devices that emit blue light, try to hold them as far away as possible from the eyes as closely held devices can put more stress on the eyes.
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