Everyone knows too much screen time is bad for your eyesight. Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time can cause computer vision syndrome, a term for vision problems that are exacerbated by too much screen time. Common symptoms include dry eye, headaches, blurry vision, and sensitivity to light.
The problem is minimizing your exposure to blue light from devices can be a challenge, especially with the recent shift to online work. According to a Nielsen Company audience report in 2018, the average American spends about 10 hours and 39 minutes in front of a screen every day. This figure has most likely increased as a result of office workers and companies adopting a work-from-home set-up.
Luckily, there are several ways to reduce or alleviate symptoms of computer vision and syndrome. Alderwood Optical & Canyon Park Vision Clinic, your trusted optometrist, list them below:
Observe the 20-20-20 Rule
According to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, a person blinks up to 66 percent less when using a computer. This is a problem because blinking spreads tears and mucus on your eyes, keeping them moist. Observing the 20-20-20 rule (look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes) will help prevent dry eye. And if you experience dry eye, you can use over-the-counter eye drops or artificial tears to relieve symptoms. But if your condition doesn’t improve, you should see an optometrist.
Avoid Sitting Too Close to the Computer Screen
To prevent digital eye strain, the computer monitor should be about 20 to 28 inches away from the face. If you need to sit closer in order to see the computer screen, it’s highly recommended that you see your eye doctor for an eye exam. Difficulty seeing the computer screen from a distance may be a sign you need a higher prescription for your eyeglasses.
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Alderwood Optical & Canyon Park Vision Clinic offers a wide range of professional optical care services. To schedule an appointment, call us at (425) 771-8472 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Bothell as well as the surrounding WA communities.