More so now than ever before, we are finding ourselves glued to several screens per day. The work computer, our phones even the television at home, we spend alot of our day in front of some sort of screen.
This is causing many people to suffer from screen fatigue but not really recognising that they may well have it. How do you recognise the signs of screen fatigue? and what can you do about it? read on and make a few simple changes to help your eye health today.
Eye fatigue is very common in modern society. As mentioned, in one form or another we spend a lot of our waking day in front of some sort of screen. Focusing on screens (especially smaller screens such as mobile phones), can result in your eye muscles straining as they try to focus. Eye fatigue can leave your eyes feeling dry. You may well experience more headaches/migraines caused by the eye straining and you can also notice some sort of blurred vision.
If you are a regular computer user, it's important that you take regular breaks from the screen just to give your eyes a rest. Now we're not talking long breaks but generally speaking, there is a rule that is pretty easy to remember and simple to follow.... This is the 20/20/20 rule.
So every 20 minutes take a break from your screen for 20 seconds and focus on something 20 feet away.
Try to remember to blink as this helps to moisten the eyes.
Why remember to blink? well it's simple. When we look at a screen, generally we reduce the number of times we blink this can really dry your eyes out and leave them feeling irritated.
Also remember to have regular eye checks. If you spend most of your day working at a computer as required by your place of employment, they may well help contribute to the cost of an eye test. However, please check with your employer to ensure this is the case.
So look away from the screen now and start a new healthy eye care habit today
Sandra Taylor, Marketing & Executive Coach. Developed solutions to improve the lives of people living with sight loss for over 20 years.