Give your eyes a break

After a long day of work staring at your computer, have you ever noticed your eyes being tired or blurry? You might think this is an unavoidable condition, especially if you have a desk job, but it is actually something you can avoid. The condition is called Digital Eye Strain and you can suffer from it if you spend any amount of time looking at digital devices.

This eye condition is becoming more and more common as devices become an integral part of our day. One of the biggest contributors to the strain of your eyes, which can result in headaches, blurriness, irritation and dry eyes, is blinking less. You blink half as much when you are looking at a screen than you do naturally.

Remembering to blink more is a start to keeping your eyes moisturized and happy. Eye drops can help too if you are experiencing a lot of dryness.  Even better, though, is remembering to take frequent breaks from looking at your screen. It is recommended that you take a 20 second break every 20 minutes to look at something that is a distance away. If you only take breaks every 2 hours, they should be at least 15 minutes long.

There are also other things you can do to manually help restore your eyes. Massaging your eyelids and the muscles around your eyes once or twice a day can help relax the muscles and stimulate your tear glands. Palming can help too. To do so, you just cover your eyes with your palms to block all the light from entering them. A couple of minutes will do it, but make sure you don’t fall asleep if you try it at work!

Adjusting the light and the brightness of your computer screen can be helpful. In office buildings, however you have less control over such factors. If you are still really struggling and you wear glasses, you can even purchase glasses with lenses that decrease eye strain. It’s a more costly solution but might make a huge difference for you.

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