3 Ways to Reduce Eye Strain
Thursday, April 13, 2023
Eye wonder - do your eyes ever feel dry and sore from staring at your screen for too long? Digital eye strain is a common problem for people working 40 hours a week on computers. Thankfully, there are simple ways to reduce your eye strain. Check out these three tips to minimize your eye troubles.
The American Optometric Association suggests trying the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away. This will help reduce eye strain while you’re working on your computer. This small reset encourages your eyes to blink more.
According to the National Eye Institute, long periods of screen time can cause dry eyes. When staring at a screen, you tend to blink less often. When you don’t blink, your eyes become tired. Your vision gets blurry. You’re more sensitive to light. When you blink more, your eyes stay wet. Try to blink more to keep your eyes in eye-deal shape.
Blue light glasses
Blue light glasses have special lenses that block out the blue light from screens. There’s mixed research on whether blue light glasses really reduce eye strain. FL-41 tinted lenses are another option. They’re commonly used by people with light sensitivity and those who suffer from migraines. If you think they might help, give them a try. There is no harm in wearing them.
Next time your eyes start to get tired and dry while you’re using the computer, take a second look at these three tips.
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