Prevent Digital Eye Strain With These 5 Simple and Effective Tips

Do your eyes ever feel tired, fatigued or
even blurry after a day of being on your cell phone, tablet or computer? If so, the truth
is, you’re not alone! With the increasing ways digital devices are consuming our daily
lives, you’re probably experiencing digital eye strain (also called computer vision syndrome). Digital eye strain is known as the temporary
discomfort you feel after two or more hours of viewing a digital device, like your phone
or computer. And while it’s probably no surprise the
sun is the greatest source of UV and blue light, what you may not know is that digital
devices give off blue light too! In fact, recent studies suggest that an overexposure
to blue light can cause early onset cataracts, macular degeneration and disrupt your sleep
patterns. According to the Vision Council, more than
87 percent of Americans report using digital devices for more than two hours a day. This
puts them at an increased risk for digital eye strain. And guess what, these numbers
will probably get worse over time. The reality is, your eyes were not designed
to stare at digital screens all day long! Therefore, if you have digital eye strain,
you may experience headaches, eye fatigue, dry eyes and blurry vision. Also, if you neglect to wear the glasses your
eye doctor prescribed you OR if your work environment is less than optimal, you may
experience neck and shoulder pain after a long day of working on your computer. Now for many of you, your symptoms may subside
shortly after you stop using your digital devices. However, for some of you, your symptoms
will continue to persist looong after you put your digital devices away. With this in mind, here are 5 simple ways
to prevent digital eye strain! 1) Make sure to take frequent breaks when
using digital devices Known as the 20-20-20 rule, the American Optometric
Association recommends you take a 20 second break by viewing something that is at least
20 feet away for every 20 minutes of digital device use. However, for many of you, it’ll
be challenging to stop what they’re doing every 20 minutes. Therefore, I personally recommend a 5 minute
break for every hour you spend on a digital device. Regardless of which timeline you adapt,
taking scheduled breaks will provide your eyes and brain time to reset so you can tackle
the rest of your day! 2) Get a yearly comprehensive eye exam Getting a yearly eye exam will help you stay
on top of any vision changes you have over time. Especially since uncorrected vision
can intensify symptoms of digital eye strain. Also, your eye doctor will assess how well
your eyes work together as well as evaluate if you have any new or advancing eye diseases. 3) Modify your work environment Bright or poorly positioned overhead lighting
can cause unnecessary glare off your digital devices. This glare can cause your eyes to
work harder than they have to (and who wants to do that?). Simple modifications like installing office
blinds, turning down your overhead lights or swapping out high wattage for low wattage
light bulbs can certainly go a long way! Also, make sure your computer is about 4 to
5 inches below your eye level and that you’re sitting in an ergonomic chair while you work. 4) Adjust your screen lighting Fortunately, many digital devices now have
settings that allow you to adjust display lighting and font size. Even cooler, Apple’s Night Shift technology
is designed to decrease your exposure to blue light in the evening by using your device’s
clock and geolocation to determine the sunset in your area. This technology automatically
shifts the colors in your display from a cooler to warmer light output. The next morning,
your device display will automatically return to its regular settings. 5) Manage your dry eye disease Studies show we blink less when read. Therefore,
it’s no surprise that staring at digital devices can really dry up your eyes. Fortunately,
keeping on hand over the counter artificial tears is one simple way to help keep your
eyes comfortable and lubricated. EyePromise EZ TearsAnother option to consider
is applying heat to your eyelids for a few minutes each morning and evening. Known as
warm compresses, performing this daily routine can help activate the glands in your eyelids
that naturally release oils onto your eyes. Last, but certainly not least, consider taking
nutraceuticals like EyePromise® EZ Tears™. This daily supplement works in as little as
1 week, soothes dry, irritated eyes, reduces your need for artificial tears and, if you’re
a contact lenses wear, will keep you comfortable in your lenses. Curious if you have digital eye strain is
impacting your quality of life? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment
with a local eye care professional today!


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