Are You Too Facing Digital Eye Strain And Dry Eyes?

Apr. 30, 2020
Our routines have become hectic and as we are shifting to digitalization, most of us spend half our day or maybe more on laptops and staring at different kinds of screens. Either we are travelling and we have impure air hitting our eyes or we are sitting in cubicles where ventilation is minimal and not to forget, no matter what we do, we can’t manage to keep our eyes away from that screen. In this modernizing era, our eyes have to go through a lot and eye problems have become something every second has! From kids to elders, everybody faces some kind of issues with the eyes and due to poor eating habits, many kids also end up wearing glasses at a very young age.
This article aims to highlight common eye problems, their causes and their preventive measures along with probable solutions.
Digital eye strain or Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)
It is obvious that most of us today spend 6-8 hours in the office working on a computer, let alone the time we spend casually on our phones! Even kids these days spend a lot of time on phones and laptops for studies and various projects. Due to these long hours, every second person has sometime or the other faced the Computer Vision Syndrome. The Symptoms include:
  • Neck/shoulder pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Red patches in the eyes
  • How to avoid CVS?
  • Make sure the room you work in is well ventilated and has sufficient amount of light. Focusing on a screen in a place where the light is less and ventilation is poor causes eyes to get strained and might also give you severe headaches.
  • Look away from your screen every 20 minutes at an object 20 feet far for 20 seconds. This will help you in relieving the stress from your eyes and will not let you develop any vision-related problems in the long run.
  • Blink frequently and do not be too close to your screen. Palm your eyes every 30 minutes to relax the muscles.
  • Dry eyes
    Staring at the computer or mobile phone for long hours is very harmful. As most of us these days are dependent on digital equipment to work, we have to carry out various tasks, all while looking at the screen. This subconsciously prevents us from blinking adequately. Blinking is very essential for the eyes as with each blink, a tear film is spread across the eyes to keep the cornea healthy and prevent it from drying up and breaking.
    Dry eyes start of as a simple irritation and when left unattended, they become the root cause for major severe infections. The Symptoms include:
    How to prevent Dry Eyes?
  • Take frequent breaks from your work and do not stare at the computer screen for long
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule and ensure you blink frequently. It is advisable to blink 10-15 times per minute.
  • The level of the screen should be below the level of your eyes.
  • If you feel that your eyes are getting dry, consult your doctor and ask him to suggest some eye-drops.
  • It is obvious that all of us are in a schedule where avoiding the laptops and mobiles is practically impossible. However, simple steps can help us take care of our eyes. 
    Sleep well!
    It is very important to ensure 6-8 hours of continuous sleep. The eyes need to rest otherwise dark circles will be inevitable. Also, keep your body hydrated and take frequent breaks from the computer. Opting for a humidifier if you are working at home is advisable. 
    Here are some tips to help take care of your eyes:
  • Spend less time on social media and more time looking at greenery and admiring nature if possible. Early morning walks are the best!
  • Eat meals with family and avoid using mobile phones, laptops and watching TV during meals. This will help you spend time with your family which is something our schedules don’t give us time for!
  • Get into the habit of going to sleep without using your mobile phone. Also, never check your phone the moment you wake up. At this time the eyes are sensitive and the screen will hurt your eyes.
  • Set a fixed amount of time that you will spend daily on your phone and ensure you do not exceed that time. 
  • Take care of your eyes. They are a blessing to be cherished!
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