In today’s digital world, it’s hard to go one hour, let alone one day, without using an electronic device like a smart phone, tablet or computer. Unfortunately, prolonged exposure to screens can be harmful to eyesight. In today’s post, your expert eye doctor from Progressive Eyecare shares some tips to reduce computer eye strain.
Have Regular Eye Exams
A comprehensive eye exam helps prevent computer vision problems. During the exam, tell your eye doctor how often you use your computer each day. If you spend significant time on the computer, your eye doctor can prescribe computer eyeglasses to help maintain your visual health.
Work in Adequate Lighting
Working in adequate lighting can reduce the risk of developing computer vision syndrome, which is the discomfort felt when using a computer or digital device. When possible, avoid fluorescent overhead lights when working on the computer, as this can overwhelm your eyes. As an eye care expert we also suggest installing curtains or blinds at home to control the amount of light coming into a room when you use a device.
Follow the 20-20-20 Rule
The 20-20-20 rule should be a habit when working on the computer or other digital devices. After 20 minutes in front of a screen, rest your eyes for 20 seconds or more by looking at an object 20 feet away. You should also blink frequently to moisten your eyes. This can reduce the risk of dryness and irritation.
Improve Your Posture
Slouching can put additional stress on your eyes, increasing your risk of developing computer eye strain. Make sure to maintain good posture whenever you use your computer. We suggest sitting in an ergonomic chair. Take frequent breaks as well. Stand up, move and stretch your neck, shoulders, arms and legs to reduce tension.
We can provide a wide range of services to maintain your healthy eyesight, and we can prescribe high-quality eyeglasses or contact lenses. We treat all our patients with care and we pay attention to their needs and concerns. Call us at (702) 744-8005 if you are in North Las Vegas, (702) 723-4888 if you are in Boca Park and (702) 357-8202 if you are in Southwest Las Vegas. We serve Summerlin, Las Vegas, Henderson and nearby areas in Nevada.