Almost everywhere you go, you find screens. At work and at home, you have computer screens, tablets, and smartphones. Many major retailers use screens to promote certain products. When you eat out, chances are good that you’ll dine at a restaurant with televisions on the walls. Even many new vehicles have touch-screen interfaces.
Eye care professionals worry about the impact so much screen time has on your vision and eye health. Find out what those screens are doing to your eyes.
The Short-Term Symptoms of Overexposure
When you spend too much time staring at screens, you create problems for your eyes. For symptoms, you may experience fatigued, dry, and irritated eyes. Don’t be surprised if you experience difficulties focusing your eyes after several hours of screen time.
A 2016 report from The Vision Council found that 65 percent of Americans suffer from eye problems or other physical ailments, such as headaches, because of too much screen time. According to the report, digital eye strain is the worst among people who have two hours or more of screen time daily.
The Long-Term Problems
Researchers are looking into the impact that bright blue light from screens has on people’s eyes. Since the blue light reaches through the eye back to the retina, some doctors worry about long-term exposure to this light and its influence on cataracts and macular degeneration.
Simple Fixes for Screen Overexposure
To lower the brightness of your screen, get a special anti-glare sheath. This tool takes away glare and reduces eye strain. In addition, you can limit the environmental light around you when you’re having screen time. With this strategy, you decrease the sources of bright light in your field of vision. Close curtains, use lightbulbs that are less intense, and avoid turning on brighter lights in your home or office.
Take a few minutes to adjust the screen’s brightness to be on par with the lighting in your work area. Adjust the size of the text on your screen to make letters large enough to read comfortably. When you’re reading for long periods, opt for black text on a white background — that’s the easiest color combination for your eyes to see.
Here’s one more tip: Reduce the color temperature of your screen’s display. By taking this step, you increase a presence of colors that have longer wavelengths of visible light, such as orange and red. These colors place less strain on your eyes.
More Permanent Solutions to Protect Your Eyes
One way to deal with digital eye strain is to reduce the amount of time you spend looking at screens. For most people, cutting back on screen time isn’t practical, especially when viewing screens is a part of their jobs. Still, if you find yourself using your phone or tablet off the clock, be intentional about setting your devices aside.
You can use eyelid wipes to offer significant relief for dryness and irritation. Wipes containing natural and safe active ingredients are ideal.
The first step to reduce your risk of digital eye strain is being aware of the problem. Use the suggestions outlined here as ways you can help protect your eyes from eye strain.
Published on September 7, 2016 by Chris Maire, Cliradex Evangelist