With the on-going pandemic all of us have landed up being in front of the screen 24*7, be it for work, recreation, schooling or even extracurricular activities. This has started affecting our eyes and the most common question we as ophthalmologist get these days is what can be done to take care of the eyes in such a scenario.
Let us answer a few for you.
Potential effects of screen time –
- Eye fatigue – causing double vision, headaches, and concentration difficulties.
- Dry and irritated eyes – due to reduced rate of blinking
- Nearsightednes – children who spend more time indoors are more likely to develop nearsightedness.
- Retinal damage – Studies show that blue light can damage light-sensitive cells in the retina
- Impact on sleep
Tips to Protect Your Eyes from Too Much Screen Time –
- Adjust brightness– Make sure that your screen isn’t brighter than the surrounding light.Also, increase the contrast on your screen to reduce eye strain
- Give your eyes a break – The American Ophthalmological Society recommends using the 20-20-20 rule to reduce eye strain. Take a break every 20 minutes by looking at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a break and allows them to refocus.
- Keep eyes moist – Consider using artificial tears to lubricate your eyes when they feel dry.
- Keep your distance – Keep your screen about an arm’s length or 25 inches away from your eyes. Also, the angle of the screen should have you looking slightly downward.
- Use blue light filters
- Reduce glare – position the screen so that you do not produce a glare from sunlight or internal light
- Yearly eye exam
If the simple tips mentioned above don’t help you, you could potentially have an underlying eye problem, such as eye muscle imbalance or uncorrected vision.