How to Avoid Eye Strain and Fatigue from Screens
It’s hard to imagine a day without looking at your smartphone, computer, or TV screen. Even objects that didn’t use to have a screen do now, like books and watches. But all of that screen-staring can be hard on your eyes. If you’ve experienced tired eyes or other symptoms you think may be caused by eye strain, we have some tips to help prevent this from happening.
Take a break
This may seem like an obvious one but take breaks from looking at your screen. A good rule to follow is the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. If that’s too often to be taking a break, at the very least you should be taking a longer break of about 15 minutes after every 2 hours you spend on your devices.
Reduce glare and pay attention to lighting
Whenever possible, reduce glare from your screen. Glare can be from light reflecting off walls, finished surfaces, or even your own eyeglasses. Consider installing an anti-glare screen on your display or even painting bright white walls a darker color with a matte finish.
Make sure the lighting in the room you’re in is bright enough. You don’t want your device to be brighter than the rest of your surroundings. On the other hand, you don’t want your screen to be too dark either. If your screen looks like a light source, it’s too bright. If it’s dull and dark gray, it’s probably too dark.
Adjust your computer display settings
Adjusting display settings can significantly improve fatigue and eye strain. Adjust the brightness so it’s about the same level as your surrounding workstation. Color temperature may also be a source of strain. Opt for warmer hues versus cooler, blue-tinted colors when possible. You may also want to make computer text larger.
Get an eye exam
Make sure you’re getting regular eye exams. Even if you don’t think your prescription is a problem, you might need to use a different pair of glasses when you’re working on a computer. Be honest about how often you’re looking at a screen day-to-day.
We hope some of these basic tips help keep your eyes healthy and strain-free. If you have questions or concerns about your screen usage and eyes, schedule an appointment with us today.