Staring at a screen all day?

By Delta Dental on Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Try these tips to reduce eye strain in the office

Smart phones, tablets, computers and TV screens have become part of the way we communicate in today’s world. Many of us are guilty of keeping our eyes locked on some type of glowing screen all day long.

That could be at work or home, but did you know looking at these screens can cause eye strain? Ouch! Eye strain can cause headaches, fatigue, blurred or double vision, pain around the eyes and other forms of discomfort. 

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A majority of the time you spend behind a screen probably takes place at the office. We become so consumed in our work we even forget to blink. Studies have found we blink less when we are reading or watching a screen, which in turn allows our eyes to become dry and irritated.

Here are a few tips to avoid eye strain:

  • 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at least 20 feet away.
  • Keep your distance: Make sure your computer screen is positioned about an arm’s length away from your face.
  • Schedule an exam: Even if you have perfect vision, it is always a good idea to get your annual vision exam to ensure your eyes stay healthy.
  • Take a break: It’s important for your vision health to take a 15 minute break about every 2 hours that you spend on your computer. Go for a walk with a co-worker to pass the time before you get back to work.
  • Adjust the brightness: Your brightness level should not be lower or brighter than your surroundings.

Your eyes are the windows to your world so save yourself the headache and dry and tired eyes. Making these small adjustments can help your vision health and keep your “windows” clear from damage.

STEP AWAY FROM THE SCREEN: Live 5-2-1-0 with less than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day

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