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With an increase in use of screens in daily life, how do we take care of our eyes? Here are 9 eye care tips to help.
Screens have invaded almost all areas of our lives these days. From booking movie tickets to restocking groceries and even reading a book – most of us seem to be reaching for one screen or another throughout the day. Even waking up and going to bed with yet another look at our cell phone screens. So our eyes have to constantly adjust and re-adjust to the varying brightness levels and distances as we switch between screens and real life.
The human eye has not evolved for constant focusing on a close light source. Continuous screen exposure – be it computers, tablets, smartphones or the television – is a vastly common occurrence these days across age groups. Eye strain was once mainly an occupational hazard for people whose professions entailed peering into a computer screen all day. But it is no longer restricted to those in computer-operating desk-jobs. Phones, ipads, tablets and televisions all have the agenda of keeping us hooked to them for as long as possible. While the mind is entertained/preoccupied/distracted the eyes bear the brunt.
Some symptoms of eye strain (also called eye fatigue) are tired, itching or burning eyes. Prolonged screen exposure leading to eye strain is a rather common problem these days, but one that has simple solutions. Apart from eye strain, other issues such as blurred vision, dry irritated eyes, headaches and even double vision are common among many who use computers or even cell phones for hours together on a daily basis. These need to be taken seriously and addressed before they aggravate into chronic problems.
There is even a term for eye problems caused by continued use of computers – Computer Vision Syndrome. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to minimize and even eliminate the signs and possibility of this common problem. With some forethought and a few simple precautions, we can protect our eyes from the adverse effects of prolonged computer usage.
The extent of eye strain or other eye-related problems depends hugely on the amount of time spent peering into screens. When the duration cannot be reduced due to work requirements, these basic precautions become all the more important. But as far as you can help it, do make it a point to look up more often. No amount of technology consumption is worth compromising our vision and well-being for.
Image source: eye strain warning by Shutterstock.
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Hey Namita, These are really helpful tips. Since I have had my lasik eye surgery I am not using any anti-glare. I think I need to start using zero-numbered glasses. There is one easy to follow exercise to reduce strain on eyes: Close your eyes and very gently move/rub your finger tips on your eye lids for about 10-20 seconds. Or you can just cover with palm.
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