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Learning about Digital Eye Strain

Digital screens are hard to escape nowadays. At the office, you have the computer; at home, you have mobile phones and tablets. Let’s face it; almost everything we do involves these gadgets. That’s the digital age; these electronics are an inevitable part of our everyday life.

It’s no wonder why many people suffer from a condition known as digital eye strain. Wondering what this might be? It’s even likely you’re struggling with this now and just don’t know it.

If you’re working on the computer or stare at your device for prolonged periods, you might experience an aching or burning sensation in your eyes. Redness or dryness may accompanied this condition as well as headaches or neck pain. These are the common indicators of digital eye strain.

According to the 2015 Digital Eye Strain Report by The Vision Council, around 65 percent of Americans are experiencing these symptoms. Digital eye strain is not likely to lessen as your exposure to digital screens continues.

But here’s the good news. While you may not be ready to give up computers and mobile devices, there are simple ways that you can do to prevent or at least alleviate digital eye strain.

20-20-20 Rule

Working on the computer the whole day? Give your eyes a break from time to time. Observe the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away from the screen. Stare at any object that’s 20 feet away; do this for at least 20 seconds. This simple regimen will give your eyes a chance to relax.

Personalize the Computer Screen

Adjust the computer monitor settings according to your comfort and preference. If it’s too bright, fix the brightness. If you need to go closer to the screen to see the text clearly, bump up its size. If your need to work harder to achieve better sight of what’s on the screen, perhaps you need to adjust the surrounding light or fend off the glare.

Don’t Forget to Blink

When you blink, your eyes moisturizes and cleans itself. Inadequate blinking can lead to eye fatigue and strain.

Get Your Eyes Checked

If you believe your eyes need for than these tips to rest or recover from the strain, get them examined by a doctor. Ask him or her about digital eye strain and how you can get relief from the challenges your eyes are experiencing.

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