Do you use screens for just about everything? This includes to work, to relax, or to keep up with daily life. After all that time with your digital devices, your eyes might feel dry and tired, your vision might be blurry, or your neck, head, and shoulders might ache. 

There’s a variety of digital devices can cause digital eye strain such as tablets, televisions, smartphones, gaming systems, and desktop and laptop computers. However, if you change how you use digital devices, you can prevent digital eye strain. 

Here are 5 ways to prevent computer eye strain:

1. Get a comprehensive eye exam

The most important way to prevent or treat digital eye strain is having a routine comprehensive eye exam. When was the last time you had an eye exam? If you haven’t had an eye exam in over a year, you should schedule an appointment with an optometrist. 

2. Use proper lighting 

Did you know digital eye strain is caused by excessively bright light either from harsh interior lighting or from harsh outdoor sunlight coming in through a window. You can eliminate harsh interior lighting by using fewer light bulbs or fluorescent tubes. You can eliminate outdoor sunlight by closing blinds, shades, or drapes. 

3. Minimize glare

Another cause for digital eye strain are glare on walls, finished surfaces, and reflections n your computer screen. You should minimize glare by installing an anti-glare screen on your monitor or paint bright white walls a darker colour with a matter finish. 

4. Blink more often 

When you’re using digital devices, you tend to blink less frequently. You should blink more often when you’re using digital devices. Blinking is very important because it moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation. 

5. Take frequent breaks 

One of the main causes of digital eye strain is focusing fatigue. In order to reduce your risk of fatigue, you should take frequent breaks. Have you heard of the 20-20-20 rule? This is when you look away from your computer at least every 20 minutes and look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This will help you relax the focusing muscle inside the eye in order to reduce fatigue.

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