In the last year, the definition of “workplace” has been drastically altered for many people. Working from home has become the new norm, with living rooms and bedrooms transforming into offices. Digital eyestrain is described as a group of eye and vision related problems that derive from prolonged screen time. Common symptoms are headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes and neck and shoulder pain.
It is important that your new workspace be set-up to help keep you comfortable and focused. Additionally, make sure you are keeping your vision health in mind, too. Fortunately, there are some easy tips you can follow to give your eyes a break.
Avoid Blue Light
Blue light can be one of your worst enemies during the workday if you’re using a computer or tablet. Good news— most devices have a blue light filter that allows you to adjust the light emitted from your screen. By simply lowering the brightness and utilizing the blue-light filter, you will be less vulnerable to digital eyestrain.
Be Mindful of Your Computer Set-Up
The right set-up and correct posture can make a significant difference in how you feel throughout the day while also preventing digital eyestrain. The American Optometric Association notes that most people find it more comfortable to look downward when looking at the computer. Additionally, they advise sitting about 20 to 28 inches from the screen. An easy way to gauge this distance is simply keeping your computer screen about an arm’s length away.
Give Your Eyes a Break Throughout the Day
Throughout the day, your brain needs a break, and so do your eyes. After two hours of consistent computer use, the AOA suggests resting your eyes for 15 minutes. Additionally, try making a habit of following the . For every 20 minutes of screen time, find a spot 20 feet away to look at for 20 seconds to allow the eyes to refocus. Breaks are necessary throughout the day to clear your head and your eyes will thank you in the long-run.
Keeping these tips in mind while working will make small but impactful differences that will benefit your overall vision health. The better you feel physically and mentally, the more energized you will feel doing your job, no matter where you’re working.