How many hours a day do you look at a screen? If you tally the number of hours you spend looking at a computer, cell phone or mobile device, and television, you’ll be surprised to learn precisely how much time you spend each day in front of a screen. If you’re like many people, this overuse of screens results in tired eyes, eye strain, and eye fatigue.
What Does Eye Strain Feel Like?
Eye strain is eyes that feel tired or fatigued and are difficult to keep open. The condition also has the following indications:
- Sensitivity to Light
- Burning Eyes
- Itchy Eyes
- Blurred Vision
- Double Vision
- Difficulty Focusing
- Dry Eyes
- Watery Eyes
- Eye Twitching
- Red Eyes
If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, the first step is scheduling an appointment with an optometrist for an evaluation and consultation. There are steps you can take that provide relief! While it might be impossible to do away with your computer and phone, there are methods for reducing the negative effect these devices have on your vision and your eyes in general.
Keep Your Eyes Moist
When staring at a screen, many people blink less than normal. If you spend countless hours in front of a screen each day, make a conscious effort to blink more often. Also, have your eye doctor recommend beneficial eye drops that help keep your eyes moist. Certain types and brands of eye drops are better than others, and some a very good with contact lenses.
Use a Flat-Panel, Anti-Glare Display to Help with Eye Strain
Certain types of screens are easier on the eyes than others. Newer, flat-panel (LCD) screens have an anti-glare display that helps reduce eye strain. If you’re thinking about upgrading your monitor or your laptop, make sure to purchase items that do not flicker, have a high resolution, and are as large as possible.
Take a Break When You Need It
Continuing to work on a computer, use a phone to compose messages, or watch television when your eyes are showing symptoms of strain is not recommended. When symptoms start, do your best to take a break and rest your eyes. Close your eyes if you can, and give them a real, relaxing time out. Short breaks can make a significant difference and help your eyes feel less tired and uncomfortable.
Ask for Professional Advice
Every member of the Elite Vision Care team is trained to provide high-quality eye care and expert advice when it comes to computer eye strain. If you are suffering from tired, fatigued eyes, give us a call at (281) 554-7080 to schedule an appointment. We will evaluate your situation and give you professional tips and guidance for preventing computer eye strain. You’ll feel a whole lot better!