Whether you’re using your phone to read the news or enjoying a great eBook on your tablet, there are lots of ways to get eye strain from technology. You could even find your eyes getting tired from looking at a computer screen for work, or just watching TV at home. Today we’re going over some of our tips for reducing eye strain and preserving your overall eye health!
Reducing Eye Strain
Make sure that you’re viewing your screen in the right setting. For instance, make sure you’re not sitting in a dark room with just the TV screen to illuminate it. This is a surefire way to increase your eye strain: the same goes for any illuminating device you’re viewing in an otherwise dark room. Asking your eyes to use both low-light sensitive cells and normal cells puts undue strain on them. Make sure you’re using this technology in well-lit rooms.
Once the sun goes down, it’s best to limit your blue light exposure. Blue light alone isn’t going to cause damage to your vision by itself, but the eye strain you’ll get from viewing too much of it late at night could. Many devices have “night mode” options that filter out blue light to help reduce your eye strain. Consider using these on your devices.
Having any screen too close to your eyes is a great way to ensure you’ll be dealing with eye strain later. Make sure you sit far enough from the computer or TV screen, or hold your phone or tablet far enough from your face. If the font is too small to read without bringing it closer, consider increasing the font through the system settings or going to the eye doctor to get/update your reading glasses prescription.
Everything should be enjoyed in moderation. After you’ve been reading for an hour, take a few minutes to take a break. Step outside for some fresh air, grab a glass of water, whatever you like. Just look away from small print and close-up objects for a while to give your eyes a rest.