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Digital Eye Strain

July 7, 2017


1. Follow the 20-20-20 rule.

To ward off digital device eye strain, follow this rule. Every 20 minutes, make time to take a 20-second breather and look around you at things more than 20 feet away.


2. Keep documents with their height the same as your screen.

Avoid neck pain and head-aches by keeping reference materials within easy reach. The top of your monitor should be at your eye level. Documents should be located above the keyboard and below the monitor. If this is not possible, a document holder can be used beside the monitor, at the same distance from your screen. The goal is to position the documents so you don’t need much head movement to look from the document to the screen and back.


3. Avoid glare.

Minimize eye strain and headaches by avoiding glare on the computer screen. You can use a small mirror to check lighting or window reflection. If possible, install blinds or drapes on windows and replace the lightbulbs in desk lamps with bulbs of lower wattage. While there is no way to completely minimize glare from light sources, consider using a glare filter.


4. Get comfortable.

Position your desk or work area so you sit at a comfortable distance from the computer monitor where you can easily read all text with your head and torso in an upright posture and your back supported by your chair. Generally, the preferred viewing distance is between 20 and 28 inches from the eye to the front surface of the screen.


5. Blink.

It might be obvious, but remember to blink! Frequent blinking minimizes your chances of developing dry eyes.


6. Get checked out.


Schedule an in-person comprehensive eye examination annually to ensure that your visual system is functioning at its optimal level. Talk with your doctor from Advance Vision to see if vision exercises, glare reduction nutrients, specialized eye moisture drops, lid wipes or the new blue filter eyewear combined with dedicated eyewear for just your computer might reduce eye fatigue.  

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