If you spend most of your waking days looking at a screen, you could face some serious emotional and physical health problems. However, using a computer for work has become unavoidable.
One of the things that take the most beating is your eyes. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your eyes from screens. Let’s go over them below.
Here's an infographic on some effective tips to protect your eyes, rounding up this post if you prefer visuals.
Here's a further explanation...
Follow the 20-20-20 Rule
What’s the 20-20-20 rule? Every 20 minutes, direct your eyes towards something 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds. The rule helps take the strain off from your eyes, and it will force your eyes to shift the perception that will relax them.
Avoid Screen Reflections
Position your laptop or computer screen where there’s no glare from the sun or light. Reflections on your screen could strain your eyes more than usual.
Get Glare-Reducing Eye Glasses
If you don’t have prescription glasses (and you don’t need to), you can still get glare-reducing glasses to protect your eyes. This type of glasses is similar to polarised sunglasses. However, don’t buy a pair on your own, it’s better if you seek an eye specialist first and have your eyes assessed before you purchase glare-reducing eyeglasses.
Place the Screen at the Right Distance
The right screen distance from you must be at least an arm’s length. With this particular distance, you’ll notice how it can significantly reduce eye strain.
Make Sure to Blink
You might not notice it, but you can literally forget to blink when you’re staring at a screen—and blinking has a purpose! Blinking helps keep your eyeballs healthy and feeling good by moisturising them.
Adjust Screen Settings
Is the screen too bright that it hurts your eyes? Or is the brightness too low that you need to squint to see clearly? There’s a thing called screen settings on your computer that you can adjust based on your preferences. Play around with it until you find the right settings that work best for you.
Get a Blue Light-Blocking Screen Protector
Keep the harmful UV light from reaching your eyes with a blue light filter or screen protector. When you have this, you’ll be able to reduce eye strain and discomfort that happen when you’re in front of the computer all day.
Reduce Screen Times
If you can limit your screen time, then do so. If you find yourself browsing mindlessly on social media, then it’s better to rest your eyes and take a break from the screen. Of course, this may not apply to everyone, especially if your job involves you being in front of the screen all day. However, you can always find little ways to take screen breaks and rest your eyes.
Protecting your eyes from the screen is essential. You might be surprised at the many health conditions that you can get from prolonged screen exposure. Use these tips to keep the windows of your soul clear and bright. Your eyes are important, take care of them!