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Steps To Prevent Eye Strain

It’s time to start thinking about taking better care of your eyes in the digital age.

Eyestrain is what happens when your eyes get tired from intense use, like when driving a car on a long trip, reading in low light, or staring hour after hour at a computer screen.

It’s probably easy to think of a situation where you’ve dealt with the effects of eyestrain.

The American Osteopathic Association reports that because more workers are spending more time in front of computer screens than ever before, the side effects from eyestrain – including blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes and frequent blinking – are increasingly common.

Take Breaks 

Now, the best way to prevent eye strain is to decrease eye exertion, by making sure your eyes are only working as hard as they need to be.

  • Taking regular rest breaks to relax your eyes is important.
  • Shift your focus from near to far on a regular basis. Shift focus from up close to at least 20 feet away.
  • If you are at your computer, look out the window for a minute. If you are driving, check your speedometer every so often.

Reduce Glare 

Reducing glare from your computer or TV screen will also dramatically reduce the strain on your eyes.

  • Use indirect or reflective lighting whenever possible.
  • When you have to use a screen, make sure it is at a 90 degree angle from any direct light source.
  • Try switching your monitor or TV to one with flat screen technology. These reflect less light than the traditional, curved monitors.
  • Use anti-glare technology, like anti-glare filters on monitors or anti-glare glasses when driving.

Adjust Contrast and Color 

Appropriate contrast can make the edges of shapes and objects more discernible, so the eyes don't have to focus as much. But too much contrast with the surrounding area will cause strain through your peripheral vision.

  • Use full spectrum lighting. Lighting, like sunlight that covers the visual spectrum makes things easier to see.
  • Adjust the color setting on monitors and screens. Some even allow you to adjust the color temperature.

Until next time, stay positive and stay safe.