Updated: Jul 8
Dr. Kamila Duplak, Optometrist, Prairie Eye Care
Is #quarantinelife taking a toll on your eyesight?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been turning to mobile devices, computer screens, and tablets to pass the time. You could be suffering from CVS (computer vision syndrome) also known as Digital Eyestrain. While not serious, I’m seeing this way too much in the clinic since the beginning of COVID-19 in our community.
Are you feeling...
Neck and shoulder pain
If you have checked off two or more of these symptoms, you could be putting unnecessary strain on your eyes. Improve your quality of life and solve your symptoms with these 7 helpful tips:
People tend to blink 30-50% less when staring at screens. This can also cause your eyes to dry out. Be mindful of blinking and make it a habit when focusing on a screen, as it will keep your eyes healthy and lubricated.
Follow the 20-20-20 Rule
Life is about balance. Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and focus your eyes on an object 20 feet away. This simple rule will give your eyes a break and reduce eyestrain.
Keep your distance
The closer the object the harder your eyes have to work. Try keeping your monitor or screen at arm's length or about 25 inches away.
A bright screen in a dark room strains the eyes. Make sure that your surrounding light matches in strength to that of your screen.
Glare is the ENEMY!
Glare can overload your eyes. Position the computer screen to avoid glare, particularly from overhead lighting or windows. Use blinds or drapes on windows; replace light bulbs in desk lamps with bulbs of lower voltage.
Take breaks from the screen
Don’t be a slave to the screen. Engage in ‘screen free’ time activities several hours throughout your day. Start drawing, reading books, doing puzzles, or cooking (among many others activities).
Don't use devices before bed
Blue lighting is not mood lighting. Blue light may affect your body's circadian rhythm, also known as the natural wake/sleep cycle or body clock. Stop using screens one to two hours before bedtime or use night-time settings to minimize blue light exposure.
I hope to SEE you soon!
Dr. Kamila Duplak