Spending Too Much Screen Time at Work? Here’s Some Advice

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Do your eyes feel tired and dry after spending hours looking at a screen? You are not alone. Many people suffer from eye strain, eyeglass glare, headaches, blurred vision, and other issues related to long-term exposure to screens. The good news is that there are ways for you to reduce eye strain while using electronics! This blog post will cover some eye care tips as well as eye exercises that will help alleviate the symptoms of eyestrain.

Anti-Glare Filter

Get an anti-glare filter for your laptop so you can use it more comfortably at home or work. You can also get one for your desktop computer monitor or TV screen if you are using it for extended periods. The anti-glare filter will reduce eye strain by reducing the amount of light reflected from the screen onto your eyes.

Computer Glasses

Another eye strain prevention tip is to get a pair of computer glasses. These are special eyeglasses that have been designed with the assistance of an ophthalmologist, optometrist, or vision care professional who has experience dealing with eyestrain issues related to prolonged use of computers and other digital screens. If you don’t want anti-glare eyeglass lenses, there is also the option for you to use blue light glasses instead. Otherwise, you can also use an eyewear filter or a special computer eyepiece filter.

Eye Strain Exercises

You should take frequent breaks from looking at the screen to give your eyes time to rest and recover from eye strain. Take a five-minute break every hour by focusing on objects that are at least 20 feet away from you. You can also look into the distance for a few seconds, every ten minutes or so to give your eyes that much-needed break.

Another eye strain exercise is to focus on an object as close as possible and try not to blink until it becomes blurry. Blink frequently throughout the day because blinking spreads tears over your eyes and washes away the dirt or oil that can cause eyestrain.

Additionally, try massaging your forehead with one finger in a circular motion to reduce eyestrain. Try it both clockwise and counterclockwise for five minutes per session. You can also use this technique on your temples since doing so will help decrease headaches that are associated with eyestrain.

These eye care tips and eye exercises will help you prevent eye strain when using screens for longer periods, but if your symptoms don’t improve or become worse after following these suggestions it is best to consult an optometrist as soon as possible. Your eyesight could be at risk if the eyestrain goes untreated for a long time.

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Raise your concern to your employer

Talk to your employer about the possibility of adjusting your screen time so that you can get eye care.

  • Get at least 20 feet of distance from your screen

If you feel like your eyesight is getting worse, consider increasing the amount of space between yourself and the screen. This will help to reduce eye strain and alleviate some symptoms associated with computer vision syndrome (CVS).

  • Turn your screen brightness down

Sometimes you may have a bright window behind your monitor which can make it hard to see the computer screen. If this is an issue for you, consider dimming your monitor or relocating yourself so that the light from windows does not interfere with your eyecare needs.

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Leverage innovative apps

Use an app like Flux that adjusts the color temperature on your screen when it’s dark outside. This way, your eyes are less likely to get tired. Use the night shift feature on Apple devices if you’re looking at a screen in low light conditions. Change your tech habits when traveling: don’t look at a screen for long periods when you’re in a car or on a plane. Try working with an eyewear specialist to find the most suitable eyewear options for your needs, and be sure to update this habit if your job changes.

The habits you develop now will have an impact on your health and productivity in the future. If your employer isn’t willing to adjust screen time, it’s worth bringing up these topics with them! You can also take steps like adjusting settings on your computer monitors or getting a filter for your laptop that you’ll use at home to protect yourself from glare. Science has shown that if you don’t address how your brain is working overtime while staring at screens all day long, there are serious consequences down the line. But luckily there are some easy changes we can make right now to keep ourselves healthy and happy—so why not give it a shot?

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