The Vision Council and the Think About Your Eyes campaign are devoted to improving your eye health. Together, they are the leading experts on all things eye-care. As such, they understand the problems associated with exposure to digital devices. On a daily basis, few things threaten your eye health, and personal comfort more than digital eye strain (DES). Recently, The Vision Council released a list of tips to help reduce digital eye strain. Below we offer a selection of those tips.
6 Tips To Fight the Light
1. Regular Eye Exams
Eye doctors, unsurprisingly, know a lot about eyes. They can look at your eyes, when you struggle with DES, and offer solutions catered to you. Every case of the disorder is different, so meeting with a doctor on a regular basis, so long as the symptoms keep up, can help.
2. Pay Attention to Light
Light, as we frequently explain, causes the problems behind DES. If the light on your digital screen exceeds the light in the room, you increase the amount of blue light on your eyes. A simple solution? Always ensure that your screen’s light stays lower than the light in the room. Less blue light=less instances of DES.
3. Get a New Monitor
Old school monitors, sometimes called CRT’s (Cathode Ray Tubes) cause additional problems for DES. While these monitors emit a fairly normal amount of blue light, they flicker. The flickering causes more trouble for your eyes, causing focusing and refocusing. This constant need for readjustment fatigues your eyes much quicker. If you’re using an old monitor, you should probably think about upgrading.
4. Be Mindful of Settings
Most monitors, or operating systems, allow for adjustment to color and light settings. Keep the light as low as possible without interfering with your work. Furthermore, many such settings allow for adjustments to the color’s relative “coolness,” or “warmth.” Adjusting in these ways can lower the amount of light, and the quality of light you experience. Choosing warmer color settings marginally reduces blue light.
5. Be Sure to Blink
When you stare at screens you tend to blink less, studies show. As odd as it might sound, making a conscious effort to blink more frequently helps. The Vision Council recommends “Every 20 minutes, blink 10 times by closing your eyes as if falling asleep (very slowly).” No blinking means dry eyes. Dry eyes means more discomfort.
6. Blue-Light Blocking Glasses
Thinking About Your Eyes
The key thing to do with all of these tips (and the many other Vision Council offers), is to simply be conscious. Think about your environment, think about your eyes, think about how you feel. If you do this, you’ll stay in the clear. DES tends to sneak up on you. You work, or play for hours on end, without thinking about your eyes. Suddenly, before you know what happened, you have fatigued eyes, a headache, and loads of regret. Don’t end up in that situation. Be conscious, and be healthy.
Comment below if any of these tips work for you. If we left anything out, let us know and we’ll write about it next time.