6 Ways To Protect Your Eyes from Digital Eye Strain

Written by Levin Eye Care on . Posted in Eye Health

In today’s world, digital eye strain in the workplace is becoming increasingly common. However, being educated about eye strain is the first step in preventing it!

Over 70 percent of Americans who work on a computer on a daily basis suffer from digital eye strain. The good news is it’s avoidable if the proper precautions are taken.

To promote workplace eye health and safety, we’ve outlined some steps you can take to prevent and relieve digital eye strain.

Adjust Your Workspace

The optimal distance between your eyes and your computer screen is 20 to 24 inches, or about an arm’s length away. The center of your screen should be about 10 to 15 degrees below your eye level. Looking downward is often reported to be the most comfortable for the eyes as well as for the back and neck.

Use Proper Lighting

A major culprit in causing eye strain is glare. Glare on a computer screen is caused by harsh overhead lighting or light coming from windows, usually directly behind or in front of you. Position your computer screen to avoid glare and use drapes or blinds on windows if necessary.

Blink More

It seems simple enough, but we often forget to blink, especially when staring at a computer screen! Consciously make an effort to blink often while working. This will provide your eyes with much needed nutrients and moisture. If dryness persists, talk to us about lubricating eye drops!

Modify Your Computer’s Display Settings

For the greatest comfort at your computer, consider adjusting your display settings. Here are some tips on how to have an eye-friendly computer display:

  • Brightness: Adjust the brightness of your computer screen so it’s approximately the same as the brightness of your surrounding work station.
  • Text size: Your eyes strain to read small text. Enlarge text size to give your eyes a break!
  • Color temperature: Computers emit blue light which is associated with more eye strain than other hues, such as orange or red. Reducing the color temperature of your display lowers the amount of blue light emitted. This will reduce eye strain in the long run.

Take Breaks

Give your eyes a break from the screen by following the 20/20/20 rule. This will help to avoid and relieve digital eye strain. Every 20 minutes, look away from your computer toward something 20 feet away and focus on it for at least 20 seconds.

Come And See Us

If you are experiencing digital eye strain, come in and see us for a comprehensive eye exam. There are certain things we can do to help improve comfort and reduce strain!

Enjoy Your Work By Preventing Eyestrain

Promoting eye health and safety in the workplace is good for you and your employer! You will be more comfortable and productive if you take steps to avoid digital eye strain. So, work on and protect your eyes!

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Loretta Northcutt

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I would give this business no stars if it were possible. I decided to support a small town business and skip Walmart. Well, I'm in Walmart now anyway.

When I entered this business both the employees at the desk gave me a puzzled look. I was greeted cheerfully and offered assistance. I only want to get the screws on my son's glasses tightened. I informed the employees that we were here for adjustments. A male employee asked me what was wrong with the glasses. Huh?!

In the not so distant past when you entered an eyeglass store asking for adjustments an employee would ask you to put on your glasses, check them, and proceed to tighten screws, clean them, and etc. I was puzzled at this point, and I showed him the loose sides. I was asked if I was a patient. When I answered no, I was given a form to fill out and told that I would have to pay $10. They weren't even sure if it would be $10.

I immediately informed the employees that I would go somewhere where the adjustments are free i.e. ANY other eyeglass place (Pearl, Lens Crafters, Walmart, Macys, For Eyes). He informed me that usually the warranty is handled by wherever you purchased the glasses and that EVERY place is different. No it isn't. I've been doing this since the late '80s/early '90s. Epic fail Levin Optical.

We went to Walmart (RIP Small Town USA) and got the screws in the arms tightened and the glasses thoroughly cleaned. I really wanted to start a relationship with this place. Now my son wants to purchase his new pair of glasses from Walmart. Ugh!

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