How to care for your eyes in a digital age; 5 important tips

It is important to care for your eyes in the digital age. Research shows that the average working adult spends about 7 hours on digital screens; from mobile phones to computers to televisions. 

Here’s a video to explain all that is written here but if you prefer to read, do go on.

How to Care for Your Eyes in a Digital Age

And if you’re 60% of people, you’re not average at all. You’re extraordinary. You spend about 15 hours on digital screens. 

What does this mean for the eyes? It means you could be putting yourself at risk for digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome.

It’s a problem that is occurring more and more frequently — even in kids.

Symptons of Computer Vision Syndrome

  • Dry, red, and irritated eyes
  • Eye fatigue
  • Eyestrain
  • Blurry vision
  • Headaches
  • Neck, shoulder, and back pain due to bad posture

Eye Care Tips in a Digital Age

Seeing as we cannot avoid these digital devices as they are now a part of our everyday lives, here are five tips to care for your eyes; 

  • Build a workspace that promotes good posture. Center your computer screen at arms-length and slightly below eye level. This helps you keep your back straight, and helps you maintain a proper distance from your screen;
  • Position your screen to minimize glare. Do not tilt it upward;
  • Invest in computer eyewear; some eye doctors recommend investing in computer eyewear with an anti-reflective lens that can also be combined with a specially formulated coating that blocks and selectively absorbs blue light;
  • Follow the 20/20/20 rule: Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes, and look at something at least 20 feet away;
  • Adjust the brightness of your device. Consider changing the background color from bright white to cool gray.

Your eyes are too important to leave to chance. Take care of them. 

If you’re having regular eye pain, dryness on headaches, consult a doctor on Doktorconnect. We’re always available.