Dry Eyes? It Could Be Your Screen Time

  • Posted on: Jun 15 2020
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These days, it’s hard to get away from screens. But the strain that screen time can cause Digital Eye Strain and can lead to great discomfort and even long-term damage.

When we stare at a brightly lit electronic screen, it becomes a natural behavior to blink less often. As simple as that sounds, less blinking can lead to dry eyes. And the drier your eyes are, the less they benefit from your tears.

Tears are made from a mix of water, oils, mucus and antibodies that lubricate your eyes. Without them, your eyes can become irritated from drying out and lose protection against debris. So it’s vital you have enough throughout the day.

Here are a few steps you can take to relieve Digital Eye Strain and minimize the damage your screen does to your vision.

  1. Dim the lights – Often times, our screens are automatically programmed to have bright lighting, but this dramatic illumination can shine too much blue light into our eyes and even cause headaches. Consider dimming your screen to match the brightness with your surroundings.
  2. Enlarge your text size – The larger your text size, the less you have to strain your eyes to read on your screen, especially on your phone.
  3. Take frequent breaks – The best way to reduce your screen’s damage is to not stare at it. Take advantage of this tip and take more frequent breaks.
  4. Get computer glasses – These glasses dim the glare that the blue light of your screen emits. They are a particularly great option if you already wear contacts or work on a computer all day.
  5. Blink often – When you stare at a screen, it’s not uncommon to forget to blink. This may sound overly simple, but blinking more can protect your eyes from irritation.
  6. Get an eye exam – Of course, the most important thing to do to protect your eyes is to maintain regular care and visit your optometrist every year.

To learn more about Digital Eye Strain or schedule your yearly eye exam, give us a call at (440) 286-1188 for our Chardon office or (440) 205-5840 for our Mentor location.

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