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FAQs – How to Protect Your Eyes from Screens, Part 1: Desktops

There are numerous ways to care for your eyes and support their health and function for years to come. However, one of the current concerns among ophthalmologists and other eye professionals is how much we look at computer screens and other LED-screened devices. The average person risks overexposing their eyes to computer screens every week, whether with a desktop, laptop, or tablet. Our exposure to screens is consistently increasing and can harm our vision in the process.

To help mitigate any damaging effects, here are a few healthy tips to start applying when using a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet:

1. Follow the 20/20/20 Rule

Your eyes work best when they can focus on different objects at various distances within a certain timeframe. The eye is not built to stare at a single screen all day, so help give your eye the workout it needs by following the 20/20/20 rule:

  • Take a break from your screen every 20 minutes
  • Look at an object at least 20 feet away
  • Continue looking for at least 20 seconds

Incorporate the 20/20/20 rule into your daily routine to help support and strengthen your eye health.

2. Adjust the Lighting in the Room

Working on a bright screen in a bright room is harsh on your eye health. Decrease your exposure to too much light by lowering the amount of light in your room. If possible, lessen the amount of light in your office by closing blinds and curtains or reducing the fluorescent lighting in your space. You can also utilize desk lamps or other sources for lower ambient light levels.

3. Beware of Blue Light

Computer screens and other LED technology emit blue light composed of short, high-energy waves. These waves are almost as powerful as a UV wave and can be dangerous to our eyes after too much exposure. People often around computer screens should consider wearing protective glasses that block blue light to help reduce exposure and eyestrain.

Are you interested in learning more about how to protect your eyes from screens? Talk to Vision Eye Group.

Our skilled team can share more eye-saving tips and check the health of your eyes with a comprehensive eye exam. Call to schedule an appointment: 478-744-1710

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