Many concerns have come to light since our world was turned upside down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there’s one that may not be as obvious, or as widely discussed, and that’s the impact it’s had on our eye health.
We’ve found ourselves living in the prime of the digital age, navigating Zoom meetings for school courses, never-ending emails for work, and relying on technology more than ever. While we are fortunate to maintain a sense of normalcy by using online platforms, we may be sightless when it comes to the impact it’s having on our eyes.
According to the American Academy of Optometry, “screen time has led to an increase in complaints of eye strain and dry eye.” Our eyes toggle between multiple screens daily, from a smart phone to laptop and back again, our vision is put to the ultimate test.
While using screens, certain actions such as leaning in too close to read information or sitting too close in proximity, have reduced our blinking patterns causing the eyes to feel unrelaxed, dried, and exhausted.
Considering that online tasks are inevitable, it can be daunting to keep eye health as a priority.
But, hope is in sight. There are straightforward steps that can be taken to reduce eye strain and dryness caused by screens. The American Optometric Association has outlined ways to combat “Computer Vision Syndrome.”
Here are some simple steps that you can follow to lessen the impact screen time has on your eyes: “computer screens should be viewed 15 to 20 degrees below eye level, consider reducing screen glare from windows, and taking a 20 second break for every 20 minutes of screen viewing.”
Following good “screen etiquette” can help you conquer the digital age without wreaking havoc on your eyes.
There’s a chance you’re already feeling the effects of screen time. Take our complimentary dry eye quiz to see if your symptoms are mild, moderate, or severe. eyecarelive.com/dry