eye strainThe average American spends almost eight hours every day staring at a computer or mobile screen. From working on a laptop to playing games on a cell phone, your eyes are likely staring at a screen for most of the day. However, the blue light that is emitted from a screen can cause frustrating eye strain.

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Fortunately, there are ways you can maintain healthy eyesight and reduce eye strain. Take a look:

Avoid Glares

If your computer screen catches a glare or reflection, it makes your eyes work harder. Imagine staring at the sun – maybe just the thought of this makes your eyes hurt. If your computer is catching the sun’s glare, it’ll negatively affect your eyes. Position your computer away from windows and bright lights to ensure that a glare is not bouncing off your computer.

Blink Often

Computer and cell phone screens keep us so focused that people forget to blink! But, blinking is to your eyes like drinking water is to your body. Your eyes need to stay hydrated! By blinking often, you are keeping your eyes moist and reducing the possibility of dryness and irritation.

Adjust Your Settings

You don’t have to give up using cell phones and laptops altogether. Instead, tweak the settings on your phone to reduce eye strain. Several ways you can adjust your settings include increasing the font size, enabling night-shift mode, using zoom display, and turning down the brightness (especially when you’re in a dark room).

Take Regular Breaks

Your eyes must receive natural light throughout the day to give them a break from staring at blue light. Make it a priority to stare at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes (the 20/20/20 rule). Taking regular breaks will allow your eyes to relax and reboot.

If your eyes are giving you trouble, call us at 478-923-5872 to schedule an appointment.