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How to prevent digital eye strain


If you’re experiencing dry eyes, headaches or blurry vision, digital eye strain may be to blame. Here are five things that can help alleviate the effects of frequently looking at your computer, tablet or phone screen.


1. Follow the 20/20/20 rule

Look up from your screen every 20 minutes and focus on something approximately 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This short break will give your eyes the needed rest to relax, refocus and reset.


2. Change your settings

If your job makes it impossible to avoid looking at a screen all day, try using a larger font size. Additionally, you can increase the contrast, sharpness and brightness of your screen.


3. Adjust the lighting

Glare from the sun or overhead lights can cause your eyes to work overtime. Try dimming the lights in the room, closing the blinds or installing an anti-glare filter.


4. Improve your posture

Bad posture can intensify digital eye strain. Avoid slumping over, craning your neck or looking down at your screen for long periods of time.


5. Schedule regular eye exams

An optometrist can ensure that your uncorrected vision problems are addressed. Plus, they can provide professional advice on how to keep your eyes healthy.


Though digital eye strain is unlikely to lead to permanent damage, it can be uncomfortable. Taking precautions will help minimize difficulties with your vision and eye health.

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