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5 Ways to Reduce Digital Eye Strain in the Workplace

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, and most jobs utilize digital devices in some way these days. According to the Vision Council, over 83% of Americans reported using digital devices for at least 2 hours every day, and about 82% of the country admit to using devices for more than 2 hours a day.

Americans use digital devices for many different, daily activities.

What Are the Implications of Daily Device Use?

Less than 30% of patients discuss their device usage with their eye care professionals, yet two-thirds of the country experience symptoms of digital eye strain. These symptoms include:

  • Eye strain (32.6%)
  • Blurred vision (22%)
  • Dryness and irritation of the eyes (22.7%)
  • Headache (21.4%)
  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain (30.8%)

5 Tips to Avoid Digital Eye Strain

Set up the surroundings.

  • Put the computer screen an arm’s length away and slightly below eye level.
  • Lighting should match the brightness of the screen.

Reduce glare.

  • Use an LCD monitor (they usually have an anti-reflective surface) or purchase an anti-reflective screen cover.
  • Place the computer on a non-reflective surface (if possible).
  • Use window treatments to control the amount of natural light shining on the screen.

Adjust the screen settings.

  • Brightness should match the surrounding lighting.
  • Text size and contrast should be easily readable.
  • Color temperature can be adjusted to reduce the amount of “blue” color emitted from the screen.

Adjust screen-time behavior.

  • Consciously blink more.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds).
  • Take a 15-minute break every 2 hours.

Get regular eye exams.

  • An eye exam can tell if the eye strain is from digital devices or the need for new prescription glasses.

 

 

Sources

  1. “Eyes Overexposed: The Digital Device Dilemma.” The Vision Council, 2016.
  2. “Problems & Conditions | Digital Eye Strain.” The Vision Council, The Vision Council, 2017, thevisioncouncil.org/content/digital-eye-strain.
  3. Heiting, Gary, and Larry K. Wan. “10 Tips for Computer Eye Strain Relief.” All About Vision, AAV Media, LLC., 12 Feb. 2018, allaboutvision.com/cvs/irritated.htm.
  4. Blahd, William. “Prevent Eyestrain From Digital Devices.” WebMD, WebMD, 3 Aug. 2017, www.webmd.com/eye-health/prevent-digital-eyestrain.
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