In today’s day and age, most of our jobs involve staring at a computer screen for a greater part of the day. Though we’re not complaining (why would we, we’re the generation of digital natives), our eyes definitely seem to be giving us some hints. Most of us regularly suffer from eye strain, blurry vision, difficulty focusing, dry eyes, headaches, or neck, back and shoulder pain. While we can’t cut down on screen time (our jobs depend on it), we can take a few steps to protect our eyes while we’re at work.
1. Adjust Your Workspace
Studies show that the optimal distance between your screen and your eyes is about 20-24 inches and that your eyes need to be level with the top of the monitor. So make sure to keep your computer at arm’s length and adjust the screen so you’re looking slightly downwards as this is the most comfortable position for both your eyes and your neck. And ta-da! Your workplace is set up.
2. It’s All About The Lighting
Harsh overhead lighting or glare from the sun can cause tremendous eye strain. Reposition your computer so there’s minimal glare on the screen or shut your curtains if necessary. You can go one step further and set up an anti-glare screen so even the slightest glare from the lights and sun are cut out. Trust us, your eyes will thank you.
3. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Who knew your eyes needed exercise too but as it turns out, there are several eye exercises that help reduce eye strain. Focus on a point on the floor a few feet away from you and trace the figure 8 with your eyes at least 30 times. Another exercise is to keep your finger a few inches from your eye, focus on it and then focus on an object about 10 feet away. Then focus on your thumb again and repeat. Exercises done!
4. Keep Those Lashes Blinking
Sometimes, we’re so engrossed in the goings-on on the computer screen that we forget to blink causing dry eyes. Consciously make an effort to keep blinking while you’re working so your eyes are replenished with much-needed moisture and nutrients. If you’re still experiencing dry eyes, it might be a good idea to speak to your optometrist and get some nourishing eye drops.
5. Set Your Display
Adjust your display settings so your computer screen is optimally eye-friendly. Make sure the brightness is the same as that of your surroundings, the text size is large enough so as not to strain your eyes while reading and the color temperature of your display is low to reduce the amount of blue light emitted. Do all of this and feel the strain on your eyes reduce significantly.
6. Take A Break
Your eyes need a break and the best way to ensure you’re giving them the time off they deserve, follow the 20/20/20 rule. What’s that, you ask? Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and focus your eyes on something that’s 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. That’s not all. Get up every 2 hours and take a 15 minute break *cue exercises here*. Say goodbye to eye strain.
7. Computer Glasses To The Rescue
When technology has advanced as much as it has, you’ve got to make the most of it. Computer glasses with blue light blocking lenses are your trusty go-tos when you want to protect your eyes from strain caused by excessive screen time. Check out the functional and yet super fashionable Lenskart Blu Transparent Full Rim Square Blue Block Phone & Computer Glasses and get cracking on those emails from work.
8. Eye Check-Ups, Yup!
If you’re experiencing constant eye strain that’s impacting your quality of life (and work), get your eyes checked so your doctor can recommend other ways to reduce your discomfort. In fact, since we spend most of our lives in front of screens, both at work and outside, it’s important to get an eye check-up regularly. Get it done in the comfort of your own home with our at-home eye check-up service.