March is National Workplace Wellness Month, and in a time where most workplaces have resorted to digital means of survival, we thought it would be a good idea to discuss some of the ways that increased computer use and digital devices may impact your eye health.
In recent years where there has been an ever increasing reliance on screens, including televisions, computers, and smartphones, ophthalmologists have been reporting a dramatic increase in vision problems and eye health, a condition that has been coined “computer vision syndrome.” While there are numerous screens that hold our attention throughout the day, the symptoms are exponentially more severe in those who work or go to school on a computer. It is important to note that working adults are not the only ones affected. More and more cases of computer vision syndrome are being seen in children who use tablets for entertainment and educational purposes.
Staring at computer screens for long periods of time causes a variety of problems that include sleep and circadian rhythm disturbance to dry eye, eye strain, headache, and eye fatigue. These symptoms are caused by blue light from digital screens as well as the infrequency with which you blink while reading or watching a screen. Eyestrain is also common when overworking your eye while focusing on a screen, and tends to be more severe in those who wear an incorrect prescription lens for the distance.
Of course, we could recommend avoiding or reducing screen time, but especially in the wake of the current pandemic, that seems nearly impossible. Other, more practical and realistic tips include:
- Sit approximately two -feet from your computer screen and position the screen to where the center is 4-8 inches lower than eye level.
- Use a blue light blocking screen filter. You can use internal screen settings, auto color temperature apps, a screen film or cover, or blue light blocking glasses.
- Take frequent breaks to focus your eyes elsewhere and blink to re-moisten your eyes. Using a tear support supplement can help improve eye hydration.
- Minimize glare from light by avoiding bright lights, mirrors, and bright white satin-finished walls behind your screens.
- Reduce excessively bright light from outdoor sunlight or harsh interior light. Reduce light intensity and use soft white bulbs.
- Use a once daily eye health supplement that offers blue light protection.
- Adjust screen settings including font size and color to reduce straining.
- Exercise your eyes by looking away frequently and focusing on something else for 20 seconds.
- Get a good night’s sleep free from ambient light, especially screen illumination.
- Get regular eye exams and update prescription lenses as necessary.
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Reduce the negative effects of increased screen time by being proactive. To learn more about computer use and eye health, visit us online, and browse our eye vitamins today.