Just about everyone has a computer, smart phone or tablet. But looking at any of these devices for a long period of time can cause serious eyestrain. Here are some tips to avoid digital eyestrain when using a computer:
Set Up The Surroundings
- Put the computer screen at arm's length away and slightly below eye level.
- Lighting should match the brightness of the screen.
- Use an LCD monitor (they usually have an anti-reflective surface) or purchase an anti-reflective screen cover.
- Place the computer on a non-reflective surface.
- Use window treatments to control the amount of natural light shining on the screen,
Adjust the Screen Settings
- Brightness should match the surrounding lighting.
- Text size and contrast should be easily readable.
- Color temperature can be adjusted to reduce the amount of "blue" color emitted from the screen.
Adjust Screen-Time Behavior
- Consciously blink more.
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds).
- Take a 15-minute break every 2 hours.
Get Regular Eye Exams
- An eye exam can tell if the eye strain is from digital devices or the need for new prescription glasses. Dr. Kathy Chriqui, at Optometrics, can provide you with a complete eye exam and recommendations to reduce your eyestrain.
Optometrics offers the latest dianostic equipment, and a friendly, knowledgable staff to help you with all your eyecare needs including eye exams, contact lens fittings, prescription glasses, dry eye treatment, sunglsses, etc.
As a leading optometrist in Northridge and the surrounding Valley communities, Dr. Chriqui keeps up with the latest developments in eye care, including the effects of "blue light" from digital devices. Check out our next blog for more information on the harmful effects of blue light, and the options to minimize exposure.