Our eyes can’t catch a break from the onslaught of digital viewing—our computers, our handheld devices and tablets, our television. Even our books can be read digitally. According to the American Optometric Association, around 75% of computer users report eye and vision problems including computer vision syndrome. According to a recent survey published on Yahoo! Tech, the average American spends 444 minutes a day looking at screens—that’s nearly seven and a half hours of screen time! The Colorado vision care experts at Vision Care Specialists recommend several things to reduce what is becoming a near epidemic—digital eyestrain.
Especially in Colorado’s climate where dry eyes are already a common complaint, frequent digital users need to make a conscious effort to maintain their blink rate at 6 times a minute; your blink rate naturally declines when in front of digital screens. Blinking can sharpen your vision as tears coat the eye, clear away dust and nourish the eye with oxygen and nutrients.
Take more frequent breaks to give your eyes a chance to focus on something other than a computer screen during the workday. Even gazing across the room for a few moments will give your focusing muscles a rejuvenating break.
Brighten Your Monitor
A flickering screen can lead to eyestrain and headaches. A brighter screen causes your pupils to constrict and the result of this constriction is a greater range of focus. Digital users will be able to work for longer periods of time with greater comfort.
Discuss the benefits of computer glasses with your doctor. These glasses have a different focal point than reading glasses, usually 20 to 28 inches, and support the eye as it focuses to reduce eyestrain.
Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
The eyes need proper nourishment to function at an optimum level. One way to ensure that your eyes’ needs are being met is to consider eye care nutritionals that are specially formulated with eye-nurturing ingredients such as vitamins A, C and E.
How to Use This Information
It’s important to pay attention to your Colorado vision care needs especially if you’re experiencing eyestrain from using multiple electronic devices throughout the day. If you want to schedule an appointment to review all of your options and create a plan customized to your needs, please give us a call at 303-991-9600 or contact us online for an appointment today.
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