Is Digital Eye Strain an Issue for You?
As many of us adapt to a new reality of remote working lifestyles, we must remember to take care of our eyes. Headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision and eye fatigue are all symptoms of digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome.
It’s something that many people experience daily, especially when working in an unfamiliar office setting. Luckily, you can keep symptoms at bay and protect your eyes with these tips.
1. Reduce Glare Caused by Bright Light
Glare happens when too much light, either direct or reflected, enters your eyes.
- Position your computer away from bright windows or overhead lights in order to cut down on glare in your home office.
- Use curtains or blinds to reduce the incoming light, or angle your desk so the window is not directly in front of you (or behind you).
- Consider buying an anti-glare monitor that can make your screen much easier to read in any lighting conditions.
2. Optimize Your Computer Display Settings
Adjust your computer settings to make things easier on your eyes.
- Use your settings to filter out blue light, which can be harsh on your eyes. This filter is often called a “night light” or “night mode.”
- Adjust the brightness to a comfortable setting. Try different levels and take note of how tired, red, or dry your eyes feel at the end of the day.
- Customize the font size to prevent squinting and straining. Increasing your default font by just a couple of sizes can reduce strain that often leads to headaches and tired eyes.
- Placement of your device matters, too. The American Optometric Association recommends that your screen be positioned 20 to 28 inches from your eyes and 4 to 5 inches below your eye level.
3. Step Away From the Screen
- Limit your screen time by taking breaks to look away, and yes, that includes your smartphone!
- Follow the “20-20-20” rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
4. Remember to Blink (And Do It Often)
- Our blinking habits change when we’re looking at screens. Less frequent blinking is one of the biggest causes of dry eyes.
- Try to consciously blink more often when you’re looking at a device, especially if you begin to notice irritation or redness.