Protect Your Eyes from the Damage of Too Much Screen Time

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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