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Tips for protecting your eyes in the digital age

With the amount of time we spend staring at screens today, it’s no surprise that a host of eye problems have sprung up since the start of the digital age. It is one major problem that continues to reoccur for all age groups. Here’s all you need to know about protecting your eyes in the digital age:

Symptoms of digital eye strain

If you are experiencing eye irritation, red and dry eye, blurry vision, headaches, problems focusing, shoulder and neck pain; you are likely suffering from digital strain or computer vision syndrome.

If you spend a lot of time working on digital devices, you will typically blink at a lesser rate contributing to many eye problems.

Concrete steps to protect your eyes

Eye experts have developed several techniques for reducing the strain caused by exposure to screens. The following is a list of the most effective methods for reducing computer vision syndrome:

Effective and convenient workspace

Is your workspace comfortable? Do you have to lean forward to read the text on your screen? Does the lighting of the room resonate with that of your computer? All of these factors can contribute to your eye health, so make sure your workspace is as comfortable as possible.

Get a computer eyewear

Blue light blocking eye glasses or contact lenses can help reduce eye strain by a great amount.

Personalize your device

Make sure your device displays light in a way that doesn’t harm your eyes. Make sure there isn’t excessive blue light or gamma rays coming from your monitor.

Take a break and blink

Don’t forget to blink as this helps to keep your eyes moisturized. Take a 20-second break from what you are doing, assuming it would last you 20 minutes. Look elsewhere from your computer screen whenever you take a break and keep doing that as long as you are on the device.

Get a regular eye exam

Make sure you get an eye exam from time to time to make sure you don’t have any underlying eye conditions that can cause great harm later down the road.

Be open-minded regarding your eye challenges

Don’t ignore your eye health. While it may be inconvenient, it is a worthy investment of time to keep your eyes healthy. We can provide all of your eye care needs at Eyes of Winter Park.

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