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Keep an Eye on Your Eye-Straining Activities

Keep an Eye on Your Eye-Straining Activities

Don’t play around when it comes to your vision!

If you’re (1) an avid reader, (2) someone who enjoys a few hours of nightly television, or (3) an individual who can’t seem to pull away from the computer screen, then there’s a chance you may be straining your eyes while engaging in these activities. If your eyes are routinely exposed to too much light, or if you’re using them intensely in a dimly lit room, then damage may as well be expected.

Below is a list of eye-straining activities, most of which you probably do on a daily basis. Additionally, if you’re looking for ways to mitigate the effects of excessive eye strain, you can find them here!

Eye Strain Causes You Need to Know About

  • Focusing on the same task for an extended period of time (reading, driving, watching TV, etc.)
  • Prolonged exposure to harmful lighting (too dim or too bright)
  • Excessive feelings of stress and tiredness
  • Other conditions such as dry eye syndrome

Eye Strain Causes Specifically Related to Technology Use

  • Engaging with digital devices while maintaining poor posture
  • Failure to blink in natural increments
  • Holding the device too close or too far from your eyes
  • Excessive exposure to blue light (emitted typically from digital devices)
  • Viewing a screen that’s improperly lit (too dim or too bright)

How Do I Know If I’m Straining My Eyes Too Much

If you exhibit the following symptoms shortly after or during an extended period of reading or computer use, then there’s a good chance you’ve been straining your eyes while engaging in the activity:

  • Tiredness
  • Burning Eyes
  • Dry Eyes
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Sore Eyes
  • Watery Eyes
  • Trouble Focusing
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Blurred or Double Vision
  • Headache

Preventative Measures You Can Take Now

Follow the 20-20-20 Rule – If you’ve been focusing on the same task or activity for at least 20 minutes, it is advised to break that concentration for about 20 seconds by focusing on an item (unrelated to what you were doing before) that’s 20 or so feet away.

Following this rule is good, however it’s strongly recommended—regardless of how long you’ve been focusing on a task or activity—to take hour-long breaks throughout the day. For example: if you’ve spent your whole morning at work behind a screen, then perhaps it’d be good to take your lunch break outside—where you’re exposed to natural sunlight and free to look wherever you please without demand.

Proper Screen Positioning – If you’re engaging with a piece of technology that has a screen, it’s best to situate the device in a position not too close and not too far from your eyes. Keep your devices at least an arm’s length distance away from you when you use them; and always remember to keep them below eye level as well.

If you have trouble reading the print on the screen, then go into your settings and enlarge the fonts on your phone, for doing this may decrease eye strain significantly.