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.
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.