If your screen time has increased in the past year (and whose hasn’t?), you’re probably getting more exposure to blue light — a leading cause of vision-related issues. That nagging pain behind your eyes after staring at your devices all day could be eye fatigue or eye strain. The good news? It’s preventable! Try these tips.
- Maintain a one-arm distance from your laptop while working.
- Tilt your screen slightly downwards to reduce glare. You can also use a blue-light-blocking screen cover for your laptop or wear blue-light glasses.
- If you use your devices at night (hello, doomscrolling), be sure to turn on the warm light scale so the blue light doesn’t impact your sleep-wake cycle.
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule. When you’re working on a laptop, take a break every 20 minutes. Look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds to give your eyes a chance to relax.
- Ensure that you get regular eye check-ups. If your doctor recommends it, you can also use an eye lubricant or artificial tear drops to prevent your eyes from drying out.
- Finally, keep track of what you eat. Consume green, leafy vegetables and foods that are high in Omega-3 oils.
This tip is adapted from “Is Too Much Screen Time Giving You Eye Fatigue?,” by Dr. Kara Hartl
source: Harvard Business Review
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