Eye Health Tips While Using Your Computer

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 1-Nov-2012

photodune-297222-on-the-laptop-xsStaring at a computer screen for extended periods of time can be hard on your eyes. While it won’t cause permanent damage to your eye health, looking at a screen, such as a computer screen, video game, phone, iPad or even TV, can cause dry, irritated eyes. It can also contribute to headaches.

Studies show we blink half as often when looking at a computer screen or other digital devices as we would normally. Blinking helps to keep the eyes moisturized. Additionally, spending long periods of time looking at a screen close to your eyes can cause eyestrain. If you spend more than a few minutes each day looking at a computer screen of any kind, there are a few things you can do to help prevent computer-relatedeye conditions such asdry eyes.

  • Follow the 20/20/20 rule. For every 20 minutes you spend looking at a computer screen, shift your gaze away from the screen and focus on something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Keep your computer screen at least 25 inches from your face, and position it so you are looking slightly downward at the screen.
  • Try to remember to blink frequently to keeps eyes moist. Artificial tears can also be used to refresh your eyes when they are dry or irritated.
  • Use a screen filter to reduce glare on the screen.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Lack of sleep can worsen computer-related eyestrain. If you spend all day working or studying on the computer, take regular breaks or power naps to rest your eyes.
  • Pay attention to how your eyes feel. If your eyes are tired or sore, it is time to take a break.
  • A warm, damp washcloth applied to closed eyes can help alleviate eye soreness.
  • If you wear contact lenses, try to wear your eyeglasses instead of contacts when working on the computer for long periods of time.

In our culture, most adults and children spend a significant amount of time working or playing on digital devices. While computer use should not permanently damage your eyes, but it can cause significant eye strain, dry or irritated eyes and even eye pain. If you develop any problems such as red eyes, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, eye swelling or discharge, contact your eye doctor toschedule a comprehensive exam as soon as possible.

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