Digital Eye Syndrome is common problem nowaday especially in technology era. Computer and other digital devices are necessities for working professionals. Covid-19 bought a surge in computer and laptop usage amongst professionals and students. Technology contributed significantly towards maintaining social distance. Most people are working from home. Meetings and presentations are done digitally instead of personally. Online lessons replaced the classes in school and colleges.
All these advantages come with one significant disadvantage – Digital eye syndrome or computer screen eye strain. It is a group of vision-related issues due to excessive use of the screen. 60% of Americans are facing one or the other problem related to digital eye syndrome.
In this article, we will be focusing on the symptoms of digital eye syndrome and how to avoid it.
This is the warning signs of computer screen eye strain –
- Dry Eyes
- Eye Strain
- Problem in Focusing
- Red & Irritated Eyes
- Neck & Shoulder Pain
- Blurry Vision
Remember that digital eye syndrome is not a single problem. It is a cluster of eye-related health issues. So if you are facing any of the conditions mentioned above, visit an eye doctor near you.
Here are 8 proven tips that can save you from the severity of digital eye syndrome –
- Look away from your screen after every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds towards an object which is at least 20 feet away. This is called 20:20:20 rule that used to relax your eyes.
- Our posture is critical. Sit in a way that your screen is on your eye level. It will save you from neck and shoulder pain.
- Eyes get dry while working on the computer. It happens because we blink less. So remember to blink often to keep your eyes moist.
- Blue light can damage the eyes tissues permanently. Computer and mobile screen emit a lot of blue light. So try to sit on a distant level and wear spaces with blue ray cut glasses.
- Use bigger font sizes while working on digital devices. In this way, your eyes will need to focus less. It will release the strain from your eyes.
- Vitamins and nutrients provide strength to your eyes. If you are in a profession where you work mostly on digital devices, your diet should include nutrition for your eyes. Eat a lot of vitamin A, E, C, Zinc, and Omega 3 fatty acids.
- Surrounding lights while you are working should not be bright. And your screen brightness should also be on optimum level. Too bright or too dim light and brightness are not suitable for your eyes.
- Professionals and students need to visit an eye doctor annually. If your eyes are exposed continuously to a computer screen, you need both medical support and lifestyle management.
Digital devices are part of our work and our entertainment also. Therefore, it will be impractical to advise you to be away from the screen. Follow all the tips mentioned above and visit your eye doctor annually for a check-up.
Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for Insight Vision Center. With a knack for understanding medical procedures, and an interest in eye and vision health, Aaron loves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs to inform readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care, especially LASIK. Aaron loves collecting coasters from the different bars and restaurants he visits during his travels.