Digital Eye Strain
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Tired eyes: How to Prevent Digital Eye Strain

The recent outbreak of Covid-19 has locked millions inside their homes. While the internet kept us close with family and friends, other things have not been too bright – during the lockdown, people have reported eating disorders, depression, and almost always, strained eyes. With WFH and online classes, the surge in screen time is evident globally. Children and adults alike report having eyes that feel tired and dry.
Here’s how you can deal with Digital Eye Strain.

What are common eye strain symptoms?

You’ve heard it before; we’ll say it again: Blue light is damaging your eyes. Apart from blue light, staying with your devices for extended periods can cause a variety of symptoms:

  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Dry eyes
  • Eyestrain
  • Cataract
  • Affecting the body’s biological clock

What to do to prevent eye strain?

  • 20-20-20 rule
    Don't just sit there. Take a break every 20 minutes and focus your vision on an object that's 20 feet away for 20 seconds. The important thing is to move around.
  • Switch to paper book
    Feeling groggy? The blue light from e-readers disrupts your circadian rhythm, suppresses the secretion of melatonin (a sleep hormone), and affects the body’s biological clock. If you like reading before bedtime, use a physical book instead.
  • Do not rub your eyes
    While rubbing your eyes after a day at the computer can be soothing, rubbing in the long term can damage your corneas—you could end up with a corneal abrasion, infection, and dry eyes.
  • Stay hydrated
    The eyes need water to work properly. If your eyes feel dry or irritated, drink plenty of fluids and give them a break from the screen.
  • Use eye drops
    Eye drops can help to get back moisture to strained eyes.
  • Track your time
    Certain apps allow you to keep a track of time spent. Install them on all devices to see how much time, you’ve been spending and on which apps/websites.
  • Exercise
    When we read or work on our computer for a long time, our eyes don’t blink. They focus on a particular object and can start to dry out and begin to sore. Exercises for eye strain can reduce some of the irritation: Blinking, yawning, rolling your eyes, and focus changing can help.
  • Sleep
    Our eyes need rest. They need to recover. A good night’s sleep can rehydrate our eyes and help them to work better the next day.
    Dirty surfaces are the main culprit here: most infections happen when you touch your nose, mouth, and eyes with contaminated hands. Wearing glasses can prevent any droplets from entering your eyes.

If your eye strain is persistent and painful, visit MM Chokshi Eye Hospital for a quick eye check-up.

MM Chokshi Eye Hospital cares for patients. Keeping patients safe is our priority—our staff takes the Covid-19 guidelines seriously to protect our visitors from the virus.

So, please, do not risk delaying necessary care!

Look at the world with more clarity. Make an Appointment today.

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