Today, digital screens have become a part of everyday life for so many people. Between time spent on a computer working, playing video games on a television screen, or reading email on your phone, you are at a higher risk for digital eye strain.

Symptoms of digital eye strain include:

  • Headaches
  • Dry or irritated red eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Dizziness

These tips can help you avoid eye strain and protect your eyes from future vision problems like myopia (nearsightedness), cataracts, or age-related macular degeneration.

1. Follow the 20-20-20 Rule

The 20-20-20 Rule is an easy way to remember to prevent digital eye strain. For every 20 minutes of screen time, stop and shift your gaze at an object that is 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. With so many people working at home, you may want to set your work area up by a window to achieve the 20-foot distance. If you are on a digital device for longer periods, take a 15 minute break away from your screen every two hours.

2. Enable Blue Light Filters

Most digital devices will allow you to enable a blue light filter. Often, we hear about blue light exposure interfering with getting a good night’s sleep. However, blue light is also associated with causing eye strain that can lead to future vision problems.

3. Use Anti-Glare Screen Protectors

Many digital devices have glossy screens that reflect even indoor light and cause a glare. This glare can cause eye strain and eye fatigue. You can solve this problem with a matte finish, anti-glare screen protectors. These thin sheets of plastic are available for phones, tablets, and computer screens.

4. Have Your Eyes Examined Each Year

You should already be having your eyes examined each year if you spend a lot of time in front of a digital screen. However, if you find yourself having symptoms of digital eye strain on a regular basis, you should make an appointment with your eye doctor, because you may need computer glasses.

Be proactive with your eye health and do what you can to limit your risk of digital eye strain. Contact Valley Eyecare Center at (602) 955-2700 to schedule your comprehensive eye exam.