Whether you’re snuggling up with a favorite novel, poring over study guides, or browsing the web, the short days and dreary autumn weather give you the perfect excuse to stay inside and veg out. But are your favorite fall pastimes causing unnecessary harm to your eyes? Don’t worry. With these 6 strategies for immediate relief, eye strain won’t ruin your evening plans.
- Personalize your workstation: This time, we’re not talking about Dilbert calendars or “gone fishing” signs. When it comes to eye health, it’s important to customize your computer screen’s display settings, especially the brightness, text size/contrast, and color temperature. Check out these easy tips on screen adjustment. While you’re at it, make sure your workstation and chair are the proper height for correct posture to reduce risk of computer vision syndrome and overall fatigue.
- Use proper lighting: If you’re reading a book, place the light source behind you, so that the light is directed at the page and does not shine into your eyes. When reading from a computer screen, avoid using high-intensity lamps which can cast shadows and intensify computer glare.
- 20-20-20: It’s very easy to slip into long, uninterrupted periods of gazing at a computer screen or the pages of a book, especially while studying or working. Follow the easy 20-20-20 rule to encourage blinking and prevent eye strain and fatigue: every 20 minutes, turn away from your computer screen or book and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Blink: While the 20-20-20 technique is a great practice in mindfulness, remembering to blink regularly will keep the eyes moistened and reduce fatigue during the 20 minute-period between breaks.
- Consider computer eyewear: Talk to your ophthalmologist about obtaining prescription eyewear specially designed for computer work. Computer glasses are an especially good option if you wear bifocals or progressive lenses, as they are not generally optimized for a computer screen’s distance.
- Get a comprehensive eye exam: These strategies will greatly reduce eye strain and fatigue, but to preserve your vision health, regularly scheduled comprehensive eye exams will give you the tools to take control of your eye health.
The physicians at Eye Specialists of Louisiana have made keeping the eyes of Baton Rouge strong and healthy their life’s work, and they are here to help you. Simply click here and request your appointment today.