Managing Digital Eye Strain
There are a variety of ways you can manage digital eye strain from home. However, make sure you speak to your optometrist before using them. They can recommend the right strategy to help you get back using your devices comfortably.
Some common strategies include:
The 20/20/20 Rule is an easy way to give your eyes a break if you start to experience eye strain.
Every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at an object about 20 feet away from you. This allows your eyes time to find some comfort before you get back to work.
Eye drops can help alleviate symptoms of eye strain by providing some hydration to your eye surface. However, please speak to your optometrist before you start using eye drops to help ensure you are getting the appropriate relief for your eyes.
Digital eye strain can even occur due to the way you sit at your desk. However, you can help mitigate its effect by:
- Adjusting your monitor distance and brightness. Keep your monitors an arm’s length away and lowered just under your natural line of sight.
- Adjusting your brightness and contrast to match your surroundings.
- Minimizing the amount of glare reflected on your screen by positioning yourself so light is not reflecting off your screen and into your eyes.
- Adjusting object sizes on your screen to stop yourself from squinting.