Swipe right. Like my photo. Get more followers. If all of these phrases have become a large part of your vocabulary, you’re certainly not alone. As a part of our society that we are dependent on now more than ever, technology has changed the way that we think and learn. And although the Internet, smart phones, tablets, and smartwatches have made positive changes in our lives, they can also do some damage— especially to your eyes. Whether you work off of a computer or you’re always on social media, eye strain is a real thing that can cause blurred vision, headaches, and make your eyes feel tired overall.
Wear Your Prescription Glasses
If you need glasses to help you read, the chances are that you need the same glasses to help you see the computer screen in front of you. Your glasses will help your eyes focus on the material in front of you without placing a strain on them.
Practice the 20-20-20 Rule
To help protect your eyes from digital eye strain, we encourage our patients to practice the 20-20-20 rule which recommends that patients stare 20 feet ahead of them, for at least 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. The break from your screen will help your eyes focus and will lower your chances of experiencing adverse symptoms.
Reduce the Glare
If you work in front of a computer, consider turning off overhead lights to help you cut down on any glare. Glare can cause you to experience headaches or other vision related issues. Additionally, you can also purchase an anti-glare computer screen shield that you can place directly on your computer screen— this will help alleviate any glare.
If you are experiencing digital eye strain, try the tips listed above and schedule an eye exam with our Wilkinson Eye Center office today!