We use many types of electronic devices every day like mobile phones, televisions, and computers. This can lead to eye problems as your eyes are exposed to digital screens for long periods.
When we are staring at the tiny screen on our smartphone, our eyes can quickly become fatigued and even develop irreversible eye damage. It seems unimaginable to think of your everyday life without your phone. Heck, we feel lost without it for just a few minutes when it is accidentally left behind.
8 Tips on Protecting Your Eyes from Mobile Screens
Many healthy habits can be easily incorporated into your daily life. Here’s how to protect your eyes from mobile screens:
- Don’t forget to blink – often! We tend to blink much less when we’re looking at our phones, tablets, or laptops. This can cause your eyes to become dry and irritated. Make sure that you stop and consciously blink (for more than a second) to rewet your eyes and refocus your vision. Your eyes will thank you!
- Take a break. Although it can seem like an inconvenience to take a break, it’s necessary for your eye health as well as your overall health. Follow the 20/20/20 rule: when it’s been 20 minutes, direct your eyes 20 feet away for 20 seconds or more. Even better, get up and take a 10–15-minute break and walk around or do some other activity.
- Minimize screen glare. It’s important to do what you can to minimize the screen glare your eyes are exposed to. If your phone or other electronic device doesn’t come with an anti-glare screen, get one.
- Wear blue light glasses: Special glasses are available to manage the blue light effects when you are looking at a screen. They’re not expensive and can make a big difference in protecting your eyes from blue light.
- Adjust your screen brightness, contrast, and text size. Just a minor adjustment can give your eyes a much-needed break!
- Keep the proper distance between you and your screen. Do you ever find yourself holding your phone a little too close? The optimal distance to hold your smartphone is 16 – 18 inches away. Give it a try. You may find you’ve been holding it closer than you think!
- Modifying Your Workstation: Shifting between the monitor and a printed page can cause eye strain. To avoid this, you should set up a copy stand next to the monitor. Make sure you light the copy using a desk lamp that does not shine into your eyes. Also, adjust the height of your chair and the table as improper posture could also cause computer vision syndrome. You can also consider purchasing ergonomic furniture which lets you set your screen 20 inches away.
- Consider Wearing Eyewear: How to prevent eyes from computer rays? It is best to have an eye professional modify the glasses you wear to customized computer glasses. This is very important if you use contact lenses as that could make your eyes uncomfortable and dry when working on the computer for an extended period. Also, you could consider getting photochromic lenses to reduce the exposure to blue light.