3 Tips For Preventing Eye Strain


As more people become dependent on technology, such as computers, problems with eye strain are growing more frequent. Eye strain can lead to a host of problems, including decreased productivity. If you spend a large portion of your day staring at computers and tablets, here are some things you can do to reduce the strain on your eyes. 

Pay Attention to Lighting

When bright lighting hits your computer screen and you stare at it for long periods of time, you can develop eye strain. As a result, you can start to experience headaches, watery eyes, double vision, and shoulder pain. When working with a tablet or computer, it is important that you have the right amount of lighting. 

Although some believe more light is better, it actually is not. Instead of using overly bright lights indoors, turn down the lights. Opt for low intensity bulbs and ensure that light is not being directly reflected on the computer monitor. You also need to reduce the amount of sunlight that your monitor is being exposed to. Indirect lighting is always better than direct lighting. 

Frequently Blink

Several things happen as you blink, but one very important thing transpires that can help you avoid eye strain. When you blink, natural lubricants that cover or coat your eye are preserved. If you are blinking less, you are more susceptible to dry eyes. Dry eyes is one of the causes of eye strain. When you are staring at a computer or tablet, you tend to blink less, which means the lubricant dries out. 

To decrease the odds that you experience eye strain, it is important that you take time out to blink. It might seem odd, but every 20 minutes, take time to blink 20 times. This simple action helps to preserve your natural lubricants and rewets your entire eye.

Get Prescription Computer Glasses

If you spend a significant amount of time working on a computer, the best way to ensure your eyes are shielded from eye strain is to ask your optometrist about computer eyeglasses. The specially made glasses are designed to provide the best view of the screen so that you are not constantly moving closer to the screen to view it. 

There are many other ways that you can help to reduce the strain on your eyes. Talk to your optometrist (like those at Linden Optometry PC) for more tips and to learn what other prescription options are available for you.


13 July 2015

Vision and Learning

Vision problems can be sneaky. When my daughter started having trouble in school, nobody thought that the problem could be with her vision. She wasn't complaining about not being able to see ; she was acting out instead. Plus, she could read the eye chart. It took a lot of trial and error to realize that while she could see, her eyes weren't working together correctly. She needed vision therapy to get herself back on track. I started this blog to share information with other concerned parents about how vision affects learning. Don't let a vision problem sneak by you and impact your child's education.