6 Easy Tips To Prevent Eye Strain

Dr. Mai-Vy Hoang 09/18/2017

man-computer-laptop-rubbing-eyes-glassesThe average person asks a lot of his eyes. Most people spend at least eight hours working in front of a screen. Another couple hours are spent in front of the TV, laptop or tablet. Some even bring their smartphone or tablet to bed.

However, sometimes, the seemingly harmless activities we do every day can cause strain to our eyes. In addition to being uncomfortable, eye strain can lead to other problems like migraines and difficulty concentrating.

Fortunately, eye strain is preventable. These six tips can help you avoid damaging your eyes.

Don't Read In Dim Light

If you turn your room lights to low while you read in bed, you're straining your eyes. This is even the case when you use a flashlight, book light or backlit tablet.

Reading without a sufficient source of light decreases the contrast between the black words and the white background. You'll probably find yourself holding the book close to your eyes. This motion causes the ciliary muscle around the lens of the eye to contract, spurring a reshaping and flooding of light. Such adjusting causes eye strain.

If you want to read at night, make sure you do so in a well-lit room. 

READ: Does Blue Light Damage Your Eyes?

Blink More Frequently

Staring at a computer screen for hours on end can be hard on your eyes, especially if you don't blink enough. If you spend a long amount of time reading or staring at the screen, make a conscious effort to blink at a higher frequency. Blinking generates tears that refresh and moisten the eyes.

Follow The 20/20/20 Rule

Those who spend a majority of the day on the computer should also follow the 20/20/20 rule. In this rule, every 20 minutes spent in front of the screen should spur a 20-second break in which you look at an object that is at least 20 feet away.

Try setting a timer in your phone to look away from your computer. Or, get up at regular intervals to give your eyes a break.

Exercise Your Eyes

We know we need to exercise our arms and legs. But did you know you should exercise your eyes as well?

Eye exercises can enhance your eye muscle flexibility. To give it a try, “draw” a figure-eight shape with your eyes and move them up and down. This will help reduce eye strain.

Never Sleep With Your Contacts In

Even a short nap with your contacts in can contribute to eye strain. When you wear contacts, your eyes have a lessened oxygen supply. The supply decreases even more when you close your eyes. The combination of contacts and closed eyes can dramatically reduce oxygen, leading to eye strain.

Adjust Your Monitor Position

Your computer monitor's position can contribute to eye strain. The monitor should be positioned about five inches below eye level as measured from the screen's center. It should also be between 20 and 28 inches away from your eyes.

Broome Optical is on Your Side

If you are experiencing eye fatigue or would like more information on how to strengthen your eye health, do not hesitate to contact Broome Optical. Schedule an appointment to today.

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