Increased Screen Time? Here’s How You Can Protect Your Eyes

Chances are you spend at least a few hours a day looking at a computer, tablet, phone, or other type of technology. Nowadays, you probably spend a lot more time looking at a screen. Well, staring at a computer screen can be hard on your eyes. Fortunately, there are some tips that can help you to protect your eyes while enjoying your daily screen time.

Check the Position of Your Computer

Sitting too close or too far away from your computer screen can cause eyestrain. So, take a look at your computer setup. After sitting down, make sure your computer screen is at eye level. Also, position yourself twenty to forty inches away from your screen. That distance is equal to about an arm’s length. If the angle of your screen can be adjusted make sure it’s fully upright and not tilted. Just a few small changes to the way you sit at your computer can help to prevent eye strain.

Clean Your Computer Screen Regularly

This is an easy way to prevent eye strain when you spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen. Take a few moments each day to clean your screen to remove dust and dirt that can build up. You’d be surprised at how quickly debris can collect on a screen. Looking through even a thin film of dust for a few hours can result in eye strain. You may want to use specially designed wipes to clean your screen or wipe it with a microfiber cloth. A dry microfiber cloth is made of particularly soft material that won’t scratch or otherwise damage your screen. Your screen is delicate and can be scratched by wiping it with a paper towel or even a rag. So, it’s best to keep a microfiber cloth handy for this task. If you want to use a mild cleaner designed for computer screens avoid spraying it directly onto the screen. You don’t want to take the risk of fluid dripping into the workings of your computer.

Take Breaks

Taking a break from your screen every 30 minutes or so can help prevent eye strain. Getting up and walking around for a bit gives your eyes some time to recover from your focused work. Look out a nearby window or get a glass of water. In short, spend your break doing something besides reading a screen. Taking regular breaks can also help you to refocus your mind and get the blood flowing more quickly in your hands, arms and legs.

Get into the Habit of Blinking

This sounds like a strange tip for avoiding eye strain. After all, blinking your eyes is an involuntary action for the most part. But, focusing intently on a computer screen can cause you to blink fewer times than normal. When you blink you’re adding moisture to your eyes. This moisture helps to ease the movement of your eyes and keeps your vision fresh. So, becoming more mindful of your blinking can help to keep eye strain from creeping up. You may want to set a timer for every twenty minutes to help you remember to keep blinking regularly. After a while, you may not need the timer as a reminder.

Adjust the Lights in the Room

When the light from your computer screen is much brighter than the lighting around you, you can experience eye strain. As a remedy, adjust the lighting around you to match or come close to the level of light coming from your screen. That way, your eyes aren’t working quite so hard to focus on the computer screen. Of course, if you’re working in an office or business, you may not be able to adjust the lighting around your work area. So, if you aren’t able to adjust the lighting, try adjusting the level of brightness of your computer screen. You can find and adjust the brightness level by looking into the settings of your computer. Try different levels to see what works best for you.

Use Artificial Tears

You may experience dry eyes even if you remember to blink regularly while looking at your computer screen. If this is the case, buy some eye drops also known as artificial tears to add moisture to your eyes. Every time you feel your eyes beginning to dry out, put some drops in. This can make your eyes feel more comfortable and renewed for your next bit of reading or writing work. Be sure you have clean hands before putting the eye drops into your eyes. A computer keyboard can contain a lot of bacteria and you don’t want it going into your eyes as you use the drops.

Get a Screen Filter

Check out the type of screen you have on your computer. A computer screen made of glass can create a glare that can bring on eye strain. A matte screen filter on your computer can help to soften the images and text as well as reduce eye strain. You can purchase a matte filter for your screen, but be sure you choose the proper size for your laptop, desktop, etc. Be sure to check the cleaning instructions for the matte filter.

Get Some Glasses Designed for Screen Time

Did you know there are eyeglasses designed to wear when looking at a computer screen? The blue-violet light coming from your screen can cause eye strain when you look at it for prolonged periods of time. Computer eyeglasses are designed to block this blue-violet light so you can enjoy your screen time without the eye strain. There are stylish frames available for these eyeglasses so they can be a fashion statement and protect your eyes at the same time.

Lastly, trying just a few of these tips can help you prevent eye strain whether you’re working or spending your free time looking at a screen.