During this COVID-19 pandemic, digital screen time has increased dramatically. The same technology that keeps us connected and productive can cause digital eye strain. If you are experiencing eye tiredness, dryness, blurred vision, headaches and neck and shoulder pain while using digital devices, you have digital eye strain, or computer vision syndrome. Obviously, reducing your time on these devices is the best way to reduce digital eye strain. However, for many of us, that's not an option. So if you must spend that many hours on your digital devices, try some or all of the tips below to help your eyes and body stay relaxed:
- Take a 20-20-20 break, every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. For example, looking outside the widow allows the eyes to be in a more relaxed and "neutral" position.
- Reduce overhead lighting to eliminate screen glare.
- Increase the text/font size on your devices.
- Clean your screen regularly to ensure better visibility and reduce stress on your eyes.
- Remind yourself to blink often to minimize dry eye symptoms. Our blink rate goes down dramatically while using digital devices.
- Consider using a good lubricating eye drop to enhance your tear volume and tear quality.
- Set up your workstation ergonomically by adjusting the screen to be slightly below eye level and sit an arm's distance away from your screen (if possible).
- Consider using computer-related eyeglasses designed specifically for your eyes.