Is it possible that being too connected to our electronic devices has some negative effects when it comes to our vision? In the present world many people are spending the majority of their days either staring at a computer monitor, a cell phone or watching a television. The result of all these hours looking at these devices can be eyestrain, and eye fatigue.
Signs of Eye Strain and Fatigue
Eye fatigue occurs when someone is overworking their eye muscles from spending too much time staring and not enough time resting their eyes. Common symptoms of this are; feeling irritation, having dryness and discomfort, headaches, neck pain or even back aches.
Some other signs of strain and fatigue can be twitching of the eye, feeling dizzy, and/or having blurry or double vision. I have my own name for this feeling when I stare too long at my computer screen, I like to call it bug eyed but I doubt this is a medical term.
Having said that, those of us experiencing these feelings with our eyes and our bodies should take some time and use these helpful tips below:
- To make it easier on our eyes and to help avoid straining them, it is recommended to take breaks during your workday. Either move away from the computer, put the phone away, or do a different task that does not involve staring at something. It is important for your eyes to shift focus, and to rest them as often as possible not just when its time for bed.
- Computer position is something else that can affect a person in many ways. If the screen is too close or if it has glare upon it, those can cause a lot of fatigue when it comes to your eyes. Make sure the monitor receives no direct light, either from a window or a light. Try to lower the intensity of the lights around any monitors, if possible to reduce screen glare. Monitors that have a dull finish on them instead of glossy can also work well to lower glare. Should one still be feeling strain after taking those measures adding an anti-glare filter would be the next option to help in the avoidance of eyestrain.
- For those who have prescription eye wear such as contact lenses and glasses, making sure the prescription is up to date is important as well. Straining to focus from an out of date prescription only adds to ones overall eye fatigue, which then leads to bad posture when working.
- This may sound impossible to some, but diet can also be part of the problem. It is funny how many things a good diet can improve in someone’s life, and this includes issues with the eyes. Try to eat a well-balanced healthy diet, and while doing that, a little less caffeine could also be a good thing.
- What about if someone suffers from dry eyes, this can usually be solved with over-the-counter eye drops. Drops from the pharmacy make the eyes feel better by adding lubrication to them. Sometimes we don’t tear enough so it makes sense to use something as simple as these products.
- Eye exercises can also be beneficial in relieving eyestrain by helping the eyes produce more tears. Simple exercises such as massaging the eye area, or rubbing the eyebrows and also the cheekbones can bring about a feeling of relief. This can be done anytime throughout a workday if you cannot get away from the desk.
Eyes are Sensitive and Important
Without a doubt our eyes are sensitive as well as important, therefore they should be treated with a lot of care and also be protected from harm. When they become strained, it means the muscles around our eyes are being strained. By practicing some proactive measures such as eye exercises, and when necessary make use of the recommended remedies listed above, we can provide ourselves some much needed relief from eye fatigue.