With meetings, #bellringing, family gatherings, talks, plus the usual social media, emails, work etc, I find that I’m currently spending roughly 12 hours a day staring at a screen. Small wonder my eyes are dried out at the end of the evening.
I work a 9.5hr day Monday to Friday and most evenings am either on a Zoom meeting, or a virtual #bellringing session. On my non-working day I have, one, sometimes two virtual #bellringing sessions and more often than not a meeting in the afternoon on Zoom as well. Then every other Sunday there’s the family Skype gathering.
Apparently, there’s a name for it now ‘digital eye strain’ or ‘computer vision syndrome’. However, help it at hand with some top tips on how to reduce eye strain from All About Vision:
- Get an eye test and tell the optician how much time you spend on the computer or devices.
- Reduce excessive bright light. Close blinds or curtains, use lower intensity light bulbs, and position the computer so that windows are at the side, not in front or behind.
- Consider an anti-glare screen for your monitor and have a more muted coloured wall to reduce glare from reflective surfaces.
- Upgrade your monitor with a flat-panel LED screen in anti-reflective surface.
- Adjust the brightness, text size and contrast, colour temperature or your screen.
- Blink. When staring at a screen, people blink less frequently — only about one-third as often as they normally do. Blinking moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation.
- Exercise your eyes by frequently looking away from the screen at a distant object and focus on it for at least 20 seconds.
- Take frequent breaks to help reduce neck, shoulder and back pain. Get up and move around for 10 minutes every hour.
- Modify your workstation. Check your posture and ensure that your chair is the right height with your feet comfortably on the floor. Make sure that your screen is 20-24 inches away from your eyes with the centre of the screen 10-15 degrees below your eye level.
- Consider computer glasses. Customised glasses which photochromic lenses.
I am conscious that my eyes are tired at the end of the day, and that I do probably need to get up and move about a bit more.
Maybe I will also try a digital detox day as well. A day without any screen time at all. Hmmmm!
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We got those yellow glasses but they look daft so didn’t persevere with them. Maybe we should 🤔👓