Extended viewing of screens & devices is tough on our eyes. Discuss your symptoms with your optometrist to find the best solution for you.
- Headaches, eye strain or double vision
- Blurry vision & dry, irritated eyes
- Prescription glasses can help your eyes function efficiently and comfortably in 2 ways:
- Improved clarity
- By changing the alignment of your eyes & how hard they must work to focus
- Blue Blocking Filter - special coating that prevents the high intensity light emitted by screens from entering your eyes. Benefits include:
- Regulation of sleep cycle (blue light can interfere with melatonin production)
- Relief of tired eyes & eye strain
- Protect your eyes from disease (possible association of blue light exposure & development of macular degeneration)
- Position your screen at arm’s length and ~20 degrees below eye level
- Keep room lighting the same brightness as your screen
- Minimize glare by using glasses with anti-reflective coating and blue blocking filter
- 20/20 rule: every 20 minutes take a 20 second break to look 20 feet away
- BLINK often and fully: blink rate drops dramatically with computer use and many patients may only blink partially (don’t close fully), which can cause significant dryness and irritation.
- Talk to your doctor about the best treatment for your dry eye.
Be sure to tell your optometrist the set up of your work station (laptop vs desktop, screen height & distance) and additional details of your work area (lighting, air flow, etc). Book an appointment today to help alleviate your computer strain!
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