Remember the old days where owning a computer was an anomaly in most households? Well, not only has it become almost like a norm to keep one at home now but most of us spent most of our waking hours slouched in front of one at work and/or at home.
The adoption of such paradigms bring with it a new set of lifestyle related conditions that we are forced to deal with; in this case issues that can are detrimental to our eyesight, which can lead to blurry vision.
One such condition that seems to plaguing millennials world over, is called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
However, the increased interaction with digital screens has resulted in CVS, a condition that damages the eyesight and leads to vision-related problems from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and mobile phone use.
Follow this advice if you’re a victim of blurred vision, tired eyes, headaches, neck pain and dry eyes and if you’re serious about maintaining the health of your eyes:
#1. Get a comprehensive eye test
If you’re witnessing recurrent headaches, watery eyes and blurred vision, then it is time for you to get a comprehensive eye examination done.
Do not forget to inform your ophthalmologist about the duration of computer use at the office and at home.
#2. Rearrange the equipment appropriately on your desk
If you are using a desktop at work/home, ensure that the monitor is slightly below eye level and about 20 to 28 inches away from your face.
Ensure that you do not have to stretch your neck or strain your eyes to look at the screen.
#3. Adjust your screen settings and wear anti-glare glasses
If the current settings of your laptop or desktop are causing eye strain, then adjust the screen brightness, contrast, and font size until you find what’s best for you. There are computer glasses specifically designed to reduce eye strain, headaches, eye fatigue, and eye soreness. Wear them regularly if you’re constantly glued to the digital screens. These eyeglasses are able to filter out blue light emitted from the computers, smartphones and tablets.
#4. Make sure you sit amidst good lighting
Good lighting is essential at the workplace to avoid visual strain. It is also important to take measures to prevent glare, shadow and reflection caused by external sources of light, as these can contribute to eye strain. Keep bright lighting overhead to a minimum, use blinds to prevent glare or get a glare screen. Position the computer screen in a way that it reduces reflections from windows or overhead lights.
#5. Be wary of the time you spent in front of the screen
Reduce digital eye strain by making use of screen time wisely. Keep away your smartphones and tablets before bedtime rather than staring at those screens in the dark. Try and make use of digital screens mostly for work-related purposes.
#6. Follow the 20-20-20 rule
As per the rule, every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away. This will not only reduce eye strain but will also keep you active throughout your schedule.
#7. Exercise your eyes frequently
Owing to the increased exposure in front of computer screens and mobile phones, it is quite likely for a lot of people to experience irritation or blurred vision on a daily basis. To avoid these eye problems, practice a few simple eye exercises like eye rolling, repeated blinking and focusing on a distant object to give some respite to your strained eyes