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Increased Screen Time can Cause Computer Eye Strain in Adults and Children

Life during quarantine can be tough on your eyes. Working from home, virtual education, staying in touch with friends on phones, tablets or computers, video games, Zoom calls and meetings—our screentime has skyrocketed.  

As of March 2020, adults are spending at least 13 hours online per day.  We are also watching about 9 more hours of TV per week than during pre-COVID-19 times.  That’s a lot of screen time, and it can cause strain on your eyes.  

Symptoms of digital eye strain:

 
  • Blurry vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Painful eyes
  • Burning, stinging
  • Red eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Feeling like something is in your eyes
  • Headaches
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Problems sleeping
 

Suggestions for handling some of the problems associated
with increased screen times include:

  1.  20-20-20:  Every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.  This will give your eyes a rest.
  2. Reduce screen glare by adjusting overhead and ambient lighting.  Some computer screens have contrast and lighting adjustments you can make as well, like Night Shift on your Mac, or Windows 10 Night Light Light.  You can try: Fl.ux  (https://iristech.co/iris-mini/)  to reduce blue screen exposure for both Mac, Linux and Windows computers.
  3. Set up your computer screen so it is slightly lower than eye level and sit about an arm’s length away from it.
  4. Blink frequently.

For more assistance with this issue, contact our office at (970) 460-0836.

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