It's important to take breaks
We're no strangers to the vision-related dangers of spending long hours in front of a screen, but since the pandemic hit, we're pretty much left with no other choice. Many of us are working at home, have little else to do for entertainment, and are reliant on our devices for tasks like buying food and paying bills. It's only a matter of time until this takes a toll on our bodies, usually in the form of digital eye strain.
Ophthalmologist Dr. Mark Agas posted about wrote about the issue of digital eye strain on his social media, sharing some important tips on coping with it at home:
Symptoms of digital eye strain
According to Dr. Agas, the common symptoms of digital eye strain are headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck and shoulder pain. These often occur after prolonged exposure to screens, whether be it from working on your computer of binge-watching a show.
Causes of digital eye strain
Your devices aren't solely to blame for these symptoms, apparently. The ophthalmologist lists a few other culprits for the symptoms of digital eye strain, and they're as follows:
- Poor lighting
- Glare from a digital screen
- Improper viewing distances
- Poor seating posture
- Uncorrected vision problems
- A combination of these factors
With these in mind, it might help to make sure that your work or viewing area is well-lit and you can settle comfortably in it. Consulting your doctor and getting treatment for your current vision problems can help as well, especially if you feel them worsening as you spend long hours in front of a screen.
The 20-20-20 Rule
A technique that Dr. Agas recommends to try at home is something called the 20-20-20 rule. Here's how it works: Every 20 minutes, give your eyes a 20-second break by focusing on something 20 feet away.
"By improving the conditions of your working environment and doing the 20-20-20 rule, we can minimize and help alleviate the symptoms of digital eye strain," says the doctor.
See the original post from Dr. Agas below: