Eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, is a common condition caused by prolonged use of digital devices. Symptoms include dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain. To prevent eye strain, it’s important to
Take regular breaks
It’s important to take regular breaks when working on a computer or other digital device. The 20-20-20 rule is a good starting point: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. This will help to reduce the amount of time your eyes are focused on a close-up object.
Adjust the lighting and position of your computer
Make sure your computer screen is at a comfortable distance and angle. The top of the screen should be at or below eye level, and the screen should be about an arm’s length away. Also, make sure the lighting in your work area is not too bright or too dim.
Blinking helps to keep your eyes lubricated and can help to reduce dryness and irritation. When you’re staring at a computer screen, you tend to blink less, so make a conscious effort to blink more frequently.
Use artificial tears
If your eyes feel dry, you can use artificial tears to help lubricate them. Be sure to choose a brand that is safe for use with contact lenses if you wear them.
Protect your eyes from blue light
Many devices emit blue light, which can contribute to eye strain and disrupt your sleep. You can reduce your exposure to blue light by using a computer screen filter, or by using blue light-blocking glasses.
It’s important to note that if you experience persistent or severe eye strain, it’s best to consult with an eye care professional. They can help to determine the underlying cause and recommend appropriate treatment.
In conclusion, eye strain is a common condition caused by prolonged use of digital devices, but there are many things you can do to prevent it. Taking regular breaks, adjusting the lighting and position of your computer, blinking frequently, using artificial tears, and protecting your eyes from blue light are some effective ways to prevent eye strain. If you experience persistent or severe eye strain, it’s best to consult with an eye care professional.
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Dr. Leo is a highly-qualified and dedicated primary care physician who graduated from Manila Central University College of Medicine in 2018. He passed the Physician Licensure Exam in 2019, and has since gained valuable experience practicing in various settings such as being a company physician, doctor-on-duty for outpatient clinics, and a telemedicine practitioner.
What sets Dr. Leo apart is his dual-certification as both a physician and a registered nurse, having passed the Philippine Nurse Licensure exam in 2012. He has a unique perspective on healthcare as he believes in taking a holistic approach addressing the root cause of an issue rather than just treating symptoms. He is dedicated to finding long-term solutions for current disorders and preventing new ones.