On average, Americans spend more than 8 hours a day in front of screens; this includes computer monitors, TVs, cellphones, tablets. People aged 45 to 54 averaged the most daily screen time: over nine and a half hours! These statistics shed more light on an obvious truth – extensive exposure to screen monitors only worsens your dry eye symptoms. Think this sounds familiar? Do your eyes feel dry, tired and heavy after hours in front of a monitor?
Do not fear; there are a couple of things you can do to lessen the effects of dry eye caused by computer use.
Adjust your monitor…
Reduce glare by adding an anti-glare shield to your monitor or purchasing eye glasses with an anti-reflective coating.
Reduce the brightness of your screen so that it is almost the same as your environment. The brighter the monitor, the more your pupils have to close down and adjust, reducing the number of blinks per minute and resulting in eye problems. When working on detailed documents that require a high level of focus, the level of concentration goes up and your brain will reduce the number of blinks.
Speaking of blinking, remember to do it often! Blinking increases the lubrication in the eye and decreases eye discomfort. It’s also a good idea to look elsewhere for 10-15 minutes (preferably outside) and relax your eyes.
Adjust your environment…
If possible, try to avoid fluorescent lighting as it increases glare. A desk lamp or floor lamp will be much pleasant on your eyes as long as it is not aiming directly at your face or your screen.
Most people work with one to two eye-leveled monitors and full brightness without realizing how harmful this is to our eyesight. If you suffer from dry eye, try lowering your screen monitor. Having the center of your monitor below your eye-level gives your eyes a break. You won’t need to keep your eyes wide open and this helps them retain more moisture.
After you’ve done all of this; take a break, walk around, drink some water.
Let us know in the comment box below if these tips helped you out of if you have others you’d like to share!