Four Simple Tips to Protect Your Eyes from Screen Time

Four Simple Tips to Protect Your Eyes from Screen Time

In today’s world, we are becoming more and more reliant on digital technology – both at work and at home. We spend more time on our phones, laptops, TVs ,and tablets than ever before, without realising that in the long run, these may cause damage to our eyes. As such, here are some tips to help you ensure good eye health.

Adjusting Device Display Settings:
The display settings on your device should be adjusted to minimise eye strain and possible damage. Settings such as your brightness, text size and colour temperature should be altered to provide optimum comfort when looking at the screen on any of your digital devices.

Avoid Glare:
Glare is a strong and dazzling reflective light compared to our surroundings. Glare on your computer screen or any other device can be caused by bright lighting in the room, or by natural light shining into the room and cause a reflection on your screen. This contributes to eye strain. The best way to avoid this type of eye strain is by changing the screen angle to eliminate reflections or getting an anti-glare screen protector. An Anti-reflective coating on your glasses also reduces the amount of glare that is projected into your eye to further reduce strain. Talk to your Vision Works Optometrist about your Anti-reflective coating options.

Treat Your Eyes To An Exercise:
Many people do not know this, but our eyes need to be exercised regularly. Too much screen time can cause eye focusing fatigue. The best way to reduce this is to step away from your device for at least 15 – 20 minutes at a time after a few hours of close-up work. You can exercise your eyes by staring at an object that is at a far distance for a few minutes, and then alternating to an object that is nearest to you. This should be done at least five times a day depending on how much time you spend on your various devices.

Get a Comprehensive Eye Test:
Regular eye tests are the first and most important way to ensure that you take good care of your eyes. The extent to which your eyes are strained can be determined by your Optometrist and, in that way, they will determine what kind of treatment is needed to prevent or remedy the damage. Depending on how much time you spend using digital devices, it is advised that you visit your nearest Vision Works Optometrist every year for a comprehensive eye test.

Vision Works Optometrists encourage you to #LoveYourEyes the best way possible. Contact us for any information or advice you need to keep your eyes healthy.