As more and more Americans land jobs that demand hours of screen time, our country will see an increase of eye health problems. Is there anything you can do? Yes! In addition to implementing the 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds – there are other helpful ways to protect your eyes. Consider these protective measures:
Position Your Chair & Computer Correctly
It’s important that your computer screen is at least 25” from your eyes to avoid intense dry eyes. If possible, move your seat to achieve this distance and/or move your computer. Also, it’s encouraged to adjust the seat of your chair, so you are gazing slightly downward at your computer.
Reduce Computer Screen Glare
Computer screen glare can easily cause headaches and eye tension. If possible, move your computer so a light or window is in front of you instead of behind you. You can also dim your computer screen, so the brightness is not overwhelming. If these two non-invasive steps are not working as well as you hoped, we suggest purchasing a matte screen filter to put on your computer.
Use Eye Drops when Necessary
If your eyes are dry often, don’t hesitate to apply eye drops to increase the number of tears. Artificial and natural tears lubricate your eyes and keep them comfortable. If your eyes are extremely dry, we suggest talking to one of our eye doctors about available treatment options. In the meantime, click here to find the answers to questions about dry eyes, such as:
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Wear Prescription Glasses
As you age, your eyes change as well! The prescription glasses you bought 10 years ago may not be right for your eyes today. Our doctors would be happy to perform a comprehensive eye exam to help determine what prescription would best help you thrive during daily activities, including increased time in front of the computer.