Do you work in front of a computer all day, spending two hours or more in front of a screen? Do you ever feel headaches, neck pain, blurred vision, or shoulder pain? According to the Vision Council, you are likely experiencing Digital Eye Strain, and you’re not alone. The Vision Council reports that 83% of Americans use devices over two hours per day and the majority of those people experience Digital Eye Strain symptoms. Thankfully, some leading companies are offering tips on how to combat this daily irritation.
This is the easiest practice to incorporate into your day. Every 20 minutes look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. When your eyes intensely focus on reading numbers on a spreadsheet or editing an article they get fatigued. Your eyes need a break. The 20/20/20 rule is a simple guide to remind you to do just that. Find a spot in your office or out the window that becomes the standard place to look for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
Protect Against Blue Light
Blue light, also known as high energy visible light, is the most intense light that our eyes can see. It has also been identified as a major contributor to Digital Eye Strain. Specialized digital lenses are now available in non-prescription glasses that anyone can wear to block the Blue Light emitted from the digital screens. It is becoming more common for people that have never worn glasses to wear these fashionable protectors at the computer while working.
Adjust the Office Ergonomics
Your computer monitor position is important to how your eyes consume that light source when working. Your monitor should be slightly below eye level and at least 20-40 inches from your most frequent positioning. Additionally, ensure your monitor is clean. Eyes tend to strain trying to focus through unnecessary gunk. The lighting around your workstation impact your eyes as well. Differences in light brightness will cause your eyes to continue adjusting, as will continued glare on certain parts of your screen. Take note of the other light sources in your office and ensure they allow your eyes to remain comfortable throughout the work day.
Constant focus on pixelated force your eyes to stay wide open. It is recommended that we blink twenty times per minute, but staring at a computer screen can cut that rate by more than half. Lower blink rate results in dry eyes. This is even more strain that can decrease your productivity. Set your mindset to relax and blink more often. Consider using artificial tears for the prolonged periods at the computer.