Suffering from computer eye strain?
You are not alone. When you add up the amount of time that we spend looking at digital screens, it’s no wonder that many patients come to us with complaints about eye strain. Whether we are at work or at play, it seems as though we are always looking at screens on computers, tablets, and phones.
It’s important that your prescription is up-to-date.
When you come in for your appointment, tell us about how you spend your day, so that we can offer you the latest options for glasses and contacts that suit your life. We may recommend a special pair of glasses to use when you are in front of the computer. We also can provide tinted lenses and coatings that may reduce glare.
Our simple strategies that make a BIG difference.
- Minimize glare. Lighting can make a big difference in reducing glare. Set up your work area so that your screen is free from glare from indoor and outdoor brightness.
- Check your screen settings. Take a look at the options available for your computer. You can adjust the brightness and resolution to help you see more clearly.
- Adjust your font size. You have many options to make reading more comfortable. Increase the font and image size and you will increase your comfort level.
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, focus on an object 20 feet away for 20seconds.
- Use artificial tears. People tend to blink less frequently when they are focusing on their work or staring at a monitor. Blinking less often can cause dryness. The solution is a simple one – keep a bottle of artificial tears near your workstation. Well-lubricated eyes are less irritated, feel more comfortable, and help you to see more clearly! Artificial tears are inexpensive and can be purchased at any drug or grocery store.
AT HOME – follow the above guidelines for work, PLUS…
- Add a nighttime filter: If you are having trouble falling asleep after using your phone or tablet, add a nighttime filter. Your brain associates blue light with daytime and being awake, eliminating blue light allows you to fall asleep more easily. This filter can also reduce eye strain when viewing your screen in a darkened room.
No matter where you are or what you are doing – “Take a break!” Studies have shown that taking a break when your eyes are fatigued may actually IMPROVE overall productivity and reduce errors.