08 Jul Do this to Protect your Eyes from the Screen
A victim of technological advances, we are all unknowingly a slave of electronic screens. Be it television, mobiles or our computers, escaping the exposure of these blue-lit screens is very difficult. To add to that, our screen exposure has increased because of the lockdown and work-from-home setting. The blue light from these devices can cause eye strain, headaches, blurry vision and sometimes, dizziness or blackouts.
So what is the solution to this eye-strain? Here are some tips:
1. The 20-20 rule:
Like your body and mind, your eyes also need some rest. Your eyes are particularly sensitive and require a rest. Remember to close your eyes for 20 seconds every 20 minutes and then practice some eye rotation. This will provide some instant relief to release pressure on eye. Blink consciously, one forgets to do that in the hustle-bustle of life. This will coat your eyes with thin layer of moisture which will avoid dry-eyes, which might trigger eye-strain.
2. Make your screen more eye-friendly:
Adjust the light, brightness and other screen settings of your phone to suit your preference. Minimize the blue color or increase the yellow tint on your screen settings to reduce strain. Being mindful of your preferences and working around it can help prevent any pressure on the eyes. Also check your posture while working, proximity to the screen also majorly affects the intensities of eye strain.
3. Eye exercises:
Do eye exercise every couple of hours to release the strain from your eyes. You can adopt any one of the these methods
- Try looking at a faraway object and then a nearby object to train your eyes. This will expand and contract your cornea, helping your eyes refocus.
- Try watching alternate shoulders, followed by the tip of your nose, followed by your eyebrows.
- Walking barefoot on grass, watching it while taking a stroll also helps. This is also a good rejuvenating experience that serves as a good break for the eyes and the mind.
4. Invest in anti-glare glasses
These are doctor-recommended and prevent direct exposure of eyes to the screens. The yellow-tints in these spectacles are effective in reducing the strain caused to our eyes from the blue-light of the screens. Similarly, reading modes on our phones and computers should be activated for the night time to reduce pressure on the eyes.
5. Change your lifestyle habits:
Scrolling in the dark, binge-watching series for longer durations, lack of proper sleep or rest, etc. can prove to be harmful. Especially using mobile phone in the dark has been the major cause for all eye problems. Nowadays people stay awake late night watching videos or social media sites in dark, this seriously affects their eye. Also in the morning, do not see your mobile as the first thing, this could also harm your eyes. Your eyes not yet ready to receive the strong light rays immediately after sleep.
After long durations of work hours, exposing our eyes to more screen time can prove to be tiresome for the eyes and will do more harm than good. Include vitamin and mineral-rich foods in your diet.
A small part of our very complex bodies, health and wellness of our eyes is as important as any other organ. Consistent efforts to provide relief will prove to be effective in the long run.