Although it’s tough to say goodbye to summer, it can also be nice to get back into a routine. Whether you’re back to school or business as usual at work, you’re likely spending the majority of your time looking at a computer, tablet, or cell phone. Below are six of our favorite tips for minimizing eye strain:
- Have Your Eyes Checked. It’s important to have regular eye exams, so don’t put it on the back burner. Regular exams are a great way to ensure that any eye pain you may be feeling is not the result of a problem with your vision. Plus, what better time than back to school?
- Practice Good Posture. Ideally, you should be siting one arm’s length from your computer. Try not to slouch forward or lean closer to the screen when reading. If font size is an issue…
- Enlarge the Text. If you’re leaning in to distinguish between words on your computer screen, adjust the font. If you’re working in Word or sending an email, up the font size. If you’re reading something on the web, use shortcuts (for Mac users, command, +; for Windows users, Ctrl, +) to increase the size of the text.
- Adjust the Brightness. As a general rule, your screen’s brightness should be the same level as your surroundings. If your screen is a light source, it’s too bright. Be careful not to dull it too much, as that can also put strain on your eyes.
- Print. It. Out. If you’ve got a long article or piece of research to read – print it out! Avoid web pages with colored backgrounds, which can also cause eye strain, by printing in black and white.
- Take Breaks. Along with the added health benefits of getting up and moving every so often, taking short breaks gives your eyes a chance to recover. Try to get up and move, or at the very least look away from your screen a couple times an hour.
If you think you’re suffering from Digital Eye Strain, also known as Computer Vision Syndrome, give us a call at 1.800.DIAL.EYE today to schedule an appointment.