Do your eyes get sore, itchy or tired at the end of a long day? Do you experience blurred vision, especially after too much time in front of a screen? Are your eyes dry and watery, making it hard to concentrate?
Asthenopia, or what we call eye strain, is a very common problem thanks to the digital age we live in. Our dependence on digital devices can significantly impact our eye health. So, what can we do about it? It all starts with a proactive choice to change your lifestyle.
First things first – be conscious about your screen time and limit it. You can even find and download an app to keep track of your screen time. Also, don’t forget to take a break if you’ve been using your phone/laptop for too long to let your eyes rest.
Other popular fixes include using artificial tears to relieve dry and tired eyes. Speak to our optometrists to find out what eye drops are suitable for you.
Also improve the air quality of your living space. You can use a humidifier to combat dry air.
But what if you work/study constantly using a computer? There is hope! Even if you work in a job that requires you to be online a lot, or if you have to study a lot at night, here’s how you look after your eyes:
Don’t forget to blink
It may seem obvious, but we tend to blink less frequently when we’re in front of a screen. When you blink, your eyes produce tears that help to moisten them and keep them refreshed.
The 20-20-20 rule
Ever heard of the 20-20-20 rule? Stop what you’re doing and focus on something that is 20 feet away from you every 20 minutes and do this for 20 seconds each time. This will give your eyes a break.
Adjust the position of your monitor and brightness settings
Keep your screens in front of you at arm’s length, ensuring the top of the screen is at or slightly below your eye level. If you’re using your phone, adjust your posture so that your back is straight. Make sure you’re not too close to the screen. Don’t forget to adjust brightness on your screen for your eyes to feel comfortable e.g. use the “night time” mode.
Avoid working when there is bad lighting
If you work in an area with insufficient lighting, you make your eyes work too hard which may contribute to eyestrain. Natural light is best, or ensure your room is a well-lit room with artificial lighting.
Pick the right eyewear
Eyewear is something that you absolutely must invest in – you should never compromise when it comes to the quality of your glasses or contact lenses. Make sure to update your prescription regularly. If you don’t wear glasses or contacts and experience eyestrain, book in to get your eyes tested. You can also get a blue light filter added to your lenses.
If you’re suffering from eye strain, book in for an eye test today. Our team of optometrists will check your eyes. Call us on 9362 9944.