Protect Your Eyes From Too Much Screen Time

March 18, 2022

For the most part, we are all addicted.  We don’t say that in judgment, we are right here with you.  Between computer screens, phones and other digital devices… the amount we all spend on them is staggering.

All this screen time has led to increase of eye strain, dry eye, headaches and insomnia.

So how do we get some relief?

#1  Lubricating eye drops

We tend to blink less while using computers and devices, thus we experience more dry eye. Lubricating drops will help.  Also you may want to consider a desktop humidifier.

#2 Adjust the lighting

If your screen is brighter than the surrounding light, your eyes are having to work harder to see. Try adjusting the contrast on your computer to reduce eye strain.

#3 Give your eyes a break

Blink!  Remember to blink.  The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends the 20-20-20 rule for eye strain- Take a break every 20 minutes by looking at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Giving your eyes a chance to look into the distance gives them a chance to relax as up-close work makes your eye work harder.

#4 Stop the bedtime scrolling

There has recently been evidence that blue light affects the body’s circadian rhythm, which is the natural “wake/sleep” cycle. Blue light use stimulates us, so using it at night from your phone or computer can disrupt sleep.

#5 Keep your distance

As mentioned before, your eyes work harder to see things close-up. Try keeping your monitor at least 25 inches away, as the AAO suggests. 

If these tips don’t work for you, you may be experiencing another underlying eye health condition; it may be time for an eye exam with your ophthalmologist. Piedmont Eye Center now has 10 providers to serve our community, schedule an appointment today.

 

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