6 ways to protect yourself from eye strain, according to someone who’s online a lot

Talks about blue light and its potentially harmful effects on our sleep patterns and eye health aren’t new, but up to now, experts are debating the necessity of using glasses that block it. 

While there’s no concrete evidence yet on how much blue light exposure damages our eyes, using blue light-blocking glasses may benefit some people who are sensitive to glare and contrasts and reduce eye strain. Those who like working at night or have trouble falling asleep because of the melatonin-stopping effect of blue light may also find these glasses helpful. 

Blue light-blocking glasses from Ideal Vision

As for eye strain, some people who have used it may even tell you that their eyes feel less tired because of the glasses. But here’s the thing: Some experts think that this might just be a placebo effect. 

They say that the problem isn’t with the blue light radiated by our phones and laptops themselves. Instead, it’s our destructive screen habits throughout the day that harm our vision and cause eye strain. You might as well wear prescription or nonprescription glasses without the blue light-blocking feature and still feel relieved from eye strain—or better yet, develop these healthier screen habits from now on.

Prescription glasses from Ideal Vision

Blinking might be an involuntary eye movement, but the tendency to “forget” it when we’re too focused on something actually exists—and it’s a contributing factor to eye fatigue. Blinking lubricates our eyes and saves them from dryness and irritation,  so it’s important that you don’t skip it for long periods of time.

Practice computer distancing

People aren’t the only ones you’d need to keep a distance from right now. For your eye health, it is recommended that you sit at least an arm’s length—around 25 inches—away from your computer screen. It is also better to position your device in a way that lets you look down at it, instead of being at exact eyesight level.

Do the 20-20-20 method

Here’s a piece of advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives your eye muscles ample time to relax, and you can even sneak in a few stretches to benefit other parts of your body while doing so. 

Usher in some brightness

A bit of brightness in your life might just be the solution to reducing eye strain. Make sure to have adequate lighting in your room (or wherever you use your electronic devices) especially at night, so that you can avoid squinting at your screen every minute. You can also choose to adjust the brightness or increase the contrast on the screen of your device.

Get your eyes checked

If the eye strain that you feel becomes unbearable, you might want to consult with an optometrist or ophthalmologist or take a digitalized eye exam at Ideal Vision. While most cases are just temporary discomfort that gets solved by lessening your exposure to electronic devices, it could actually end up being a symptom of a more serious condition.

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