Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, is the physical discomfort you may experience after spending too much time on a digital device like your computer or smart phone. Your eyes may appear red and feel fatigued, heavy and sore. Your optometrist from Six One Six Vision Center shares four things you can do to prevent this problem.
1. Adjust Your Computer Settings
We suggest investing in a liquid crystal display (LCD) monitor, which rarely flickers and is easier on your eyes. Adjust the brightness level of your screen to match that of your surroundings. Taking these steps can prevent your eyes from getting overwhelmed.
2. Observe Proper Posture
Your eye care specialist explains that slouching adds stress on your eyes, increasing your risk of developing computer vision syndrome. Observe proper posture whenever you’re working on your computer. It’s also a good idea to invest in an ergonomic chair with a cushioned seat and back support.
3. Make the 20-20-20 Rule a Habit
Practice the 20-20-20 rule. After 20 minutes of time on your device, rest your eyes for 20 seconds or more by looking at an object 20 feet away. Remember to blink regularly to prevent dry eyes, as well.
4. Wear Computer Lenses
Your eye doctor can prescribe computer glasses that are engineered to block blue rays from entering your eyes. Wear them regularly, especially if your lifestyle involves long hours of computer work.
For more tips on managing computer vision syndrome, call us at (208) 214-5080. You may also complete our form to schedule a visit. We serve Boise, Eagle and nearby Idaho areas.