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Feeling the Effects of Screen Time on Your Eyes? Here Are 6 Ways to Help

As life has shifted all of our lives due to COVID-19, people are using technology more than ever to stay connected. Many people are working from home and participating in video conferences, completing courses through e-learning, reading digital books, and binge-watching TV shows that everyone is talking about. They are also browsing social media or online shopping more than ever before. There is no denying that screens are a significant part of our lives, and they will continue to be.

It’s a feeling familiar to so many: tired, uncomfortable eyes following extended screen time.

Although there are many benefits to these advancements in technology, their use can also cause eye tiredness, dryness, headaches, blurred vision, and neck and shoulder pain—symptoms characteristic of a condition called digital eye fatigue.

Regardless of how you’re using your digital devices, here are six tips to help combat digital eye fatigue:

  1. Take a 20-20-20 break. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  2. Remind yourself to blink often, as it helps with dry eye symptoms.
  3. Reduce overhead lighting to eliminate screen glare and adjust the brightness of your screen or device to a level that is comfortable for you.
  4. Set up your workstation ergonomically by adjusting the screen to be slightly below eye level and sit an arm’s distance away from your screen.
  5. Increase the text size on devices so you can see the content better.
  6. Clean your screen regularly to ensure better visibility and reduce stress on the eyes.

Following these practices will allow you to stay productive while keeping your eyes feeling comfortable. Give yourself the gift of clear vision and schedule your appointment with Gainesville Eye Assocaties today.