Protecting Your Eyes in the Digital Age

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 20-Oct-2014

Protecting your eyes in the digital ageWe live in a technology-driven world in which the average American spends over seven hours per daylooking at a screen. Whether it’s a TV, computer, tablet or smartphone, how is all that time spent on digital devices affecting our eye health?

Computer Vision Syndrome is the most common eye condition associated with the use of digital technology. Symptoms range from mild discomfort to dry eyes, blurred vision, eye strain and headaches. These symptoms will vary based on the amount of time spent looking at a digital device and may also be affected by existing vision problems such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness and presbyopia.

The good news is that symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome can be reduced or prevented by making small changes such as adjusting lighting, changing seating position, sitting with proper posture and putting an appropriate distance between yourself and the screen.

Here are 10 tips to help protect your eyes in the digital age:

  • Keep your face at least 25 inches from a computer screen, with the center of the screen set four to six inches below your eyes.
  • Tilt your screen so the top is slightly farther away from you than the bottom.
  • Adjust the size of the text on your screen so you do not have to squint to see it.
  • Adjust the brightness and contrast of the screen so you do not have to strain to see clearly, and use a screen filter to reduce glare on the screen.
  • Try to remember to blink frequently to keep eyes moist. Artificial tears can also be used to refresh your eyes when they are dry or irritated.
  • 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.
  • If you wear contact lenses, try to wear your eyeglasses instead of contacts when working on the computer for long periods of time.
  • Stick with flat-screen computers and LCD screens, as they emit less radiation than older cathode ray-tube computers.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule and take a 20 second break every 20 minutes to look at something that is 20 feet away from you.

If you are experiencing problems with your vision, contact Key-Whitman today for a comprehensive exam.

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