Dos and Don’ts of Good Eyecare

Today, many of us spend an average of 50 hours a week staring at a screen: computers, cellphones, or other digital devices  We all have suffer from “tired eyes,” headaches and blurred vision. If we spend a lot of time looking at computers because of school, work or entertainment, then we must take regular breaks.

This is a list of do’s and don’ts optometrists and opticians suggests to keep our eyes healthy

Dos and Don’ts

  • Make sure that if you need glasses to look at a screen, you wear them!
  • Blink regularly. When focusing on a screen your reflexes will slow down, tear production will reduce, and you will blink less, causing dry and uncomfortable eyes.
  • Remember the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away (six metres) for 20 seconds to give your eye muscles a break and help increase the rate of blinking. This is is the 20-20-20 rule. 
  • Keep the distance of the monitor from your eyes between 40 and 76 centimetres (16 to 30 inches).
  • Make sure that the top of the monitor is at a level at or slightly below your horizontal eye level.
  • Tilt the top of the monitor away from you at a 10- to 20-degree angle. This will enable you to create an optimum viewing angle.
  • Keep your screen free of dust and fingerprints.
  • Try and position your monitor so that you do not get distracting reflections (e.g. from a window).
  • Use an adjustable chair that enables you to sit at a proper angle and distance from your computer monitor screen
  • Use a character size that is visible. The character size is an important factor since it determines the distance at which you prefer to view the monitor.
  • Make sure your workstation is set up comfortably; avoid poor posture which can lead to neck, back, arm or other aches.

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This article was based on an article on Look After Your Eyes. Remember that if you need eyeglasses our opticians can help you look the right ones; the ones that will fit your lifestyle, your fashion sense, and your optical needs.

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