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Computer Screen Eye Strain Solutions


Modern technology dominates our life. No one can deny that. The average American typically spends 6.3 hours/day working with high-tech devices and displays. Over a typical lifespan, that's 7,956 days! It’s no wonder nearly 70% of American adults experience some form of digital eye strain due to prolonged use of electronic devices. Yes, it helps make us faster and more productive, but it’s really doing a number on our eyes. Staring at a computer or phone screen for too long can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, trouble focusing at a distance and dry eye from lack of blinking. 



Here are some suggestions for keeping your eyes healthy:  

  • Having a routine comprehensive eye exam every two years is most helpful in preventing or treating computer vision problems. 
  • Eye strain can be caused by excessively bright light either from outdoor sunlight coming in or from harsh interior lighting. When you use a computer, your ambient lighting should be about half as bright as that typically found in most offices.
  • Minimize glare. Consider installing an anti-glare screen on your display.
  • Adjust your computer color temperature - Blue light is short-wavelength visible light that is associated with more eye strain than longer wavelength hues, such as orange and red. Reducing the color temperature of your display lowers the amount of blue light emitted by your display.
  • As mentioned above, lack of blinking is an issue with prolonged work on a computer. The average person blinks ? as often as normal. To combat computer dry eye, try this: Every 20 minutes, blink 10 times by closing your eyes as if falling asleep (very slowly). This will help rewet your eyes.
  • Take frequent breaks (at least one 10-minute break every hour).
  • Consider computer progressive lenses. If you want to stay focused while using devices for long periods, you need good vision at near to intermediate distances. This field of vision is roughly 1.5-14 feet. Reading glasses and even sophisticated progressive lenses are not ideal for this field of vision. Have you ever considered wearing eyeglasses that are specially tailored to the 1.5-14 feet vision? You might already be wearing reading glasses or progressive lenses at work, but this isn’t cutting it. At your exam, ask your eye care specialist about computer progressive lenses. Thanks to technology developed for determining the maximum intermediate distance (MID), computer progressive lenses can be adjusted to meet the viewing distance needs of the individual wearer. Eyeglass lenses are manufactured based on the maximum distance the individual eyeglass wearer needs to see on a day-to-day basis in the workplace. Called the MID value, this is the distance in the room that the wearer needs to see clearly and sharply. You can use your normal progressive prescription, and the necessary calculations will be made for you.


Whatever your age, take care of those baby blues (or greens, or hazels….).

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