In a time where people spend so much time looking at screens and not a huge amount of time outside, it is vital that people look after their eye health. People often go from looking at a phone screen to a computer screen for work and then watching a television screen (and likely a phone screen as well!) in the evening. Screens can be damaging to the eyes with prolonged usage due to eye strain from intense usage, dry and irrupted eyes due to blinking less and retinal damage from the blue light (which can also impact your sleep). So, what can people do to protect their eyes?

Protect Your Eyes From Screens

Limit Usage

The most obvious step is to limit your screen usage. This is difficult if your job involves working at a computer, but even looking away from the screen for a short period can make a big difference. Many people follow the 20-20-20 rule, which can be a smart idea, which involves taking a screen break of 20 seconds every 20 minutes and looking at least 20 meters away. Additionally, try to cut back on your usage in your spare time and opt for a non-screen-related activity like reading or exercise instead.

Buy A Laptop With A Quality Display

It is also worthwhile buying a laptop that has a high-quality display. You should take the time to research the best laptop in terms of the display as this can make a big difference, especially if you spend many hours in front of the screen each day. It is also likely that a quality laptop will have a brightness adjustment, and you can even find software that can automatically change your brightness depending on the time of day.

Adjust The Lighting

In addition to screen brightness, it is also a good idea to adjust the lighting in the room if you find yourself straining. Soft lighting is best and should help to prevent you from straining your eyes too much when looking at a screen.

Maintain A Distance

It is also a good idea to maintain a distance from the screen as much as you can and at least an arm’s length. Your eyes will work harder and are more likely to become strained if you sit too close to the screen, and it is also helpful if the angle is pointed slightly downward.

Get Your Eyes Checked

It is always a good idea to get your eyes checked on a regular basis, but particularly if you spend most of your day looking at a screen and/or you begin to develop symptoms such as headaches, double/blurry vision, dry eyes, and loss of focus. 

It is important that people take eye health seriously and are aware of the danger of prolonged usage of screens. In a time where people often spend most of their day looking at some kind of screen, people need to take action to prevent eye strain and other issues that can arise from prolonged usage. 


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