Why Do Screens Cause Eye Strain?

Be honest, how many hours a day do you spend looking at a screen? Whether it’s a computer, laptop, ipad, phone, or television – we can all admit our eyes are constantly entertained by screens.

We use screens for practically everything. From day to day office work, to mindless games, meditation apps, and even our grocery lists.

Everything is on a screen.

On average we blink about 15 times a minute. Researchers have found we blink less than half when looking at a screen. Why is this a problem? Blinking keeps the cornea lubricated and removes any debris. Blinking also brings nutrients to the eye and eyelids, which is needed to maintain your protective film.

What you should remember:

Your screen should be an arms length away from your face, especially laptops and computers. The centre of your screen should be 10-15 degrees below eye level. It is also important to always have adequate light in your space, this helps your eyes relax more. When you are looking at a screen in a dark space, your eyes will often strain to focus on the bright screen.

Take micro-breaks throughout the day and allow your eyes to relax. Browse a magazine, look out of the window. Why not start taking notes by hand if you usually type them?

If you think you could be suffering from digital eye strain, be aware of the signs – dry, sore, tired eyes. It may be time to make some changes and take a break from screens when possible.

Be honest, how many hours a day do you spend looking at a screen? Whether it’s a computer, laptop, ipad, phone, or television – we can all admit our eyes are constantly entertained by screens.

We use screens for practically everything. From day to day office work, to mindless games, meditation apps, and even our grocery lists.

Everything is on a screen.

On average we blink about 15 times a minute. Researchers have found we blink less than half when looking at a screen. Why is this a problem? Blinking keeps the cornea lubricated and removes any debris. Blinking also brings nutrients to the eye and eyelids, which is needed to maintain your protective film.

What you should remember:

Your screen should be an arms length away from your face, especially laptops and computers. The centre of your screen should be 10-15 degrees below eye level. It is also important to always have adequate light in your space, this helps your eyes relax more. When you are looking at a screen in a dark space, your eyes will often strain to focus on the bright screen.

Take micro-breaks throughout the day and allow your eyes to relax. Browse a magazine, look out of the window. Why not start taking notes by hand if you usually type them?

If you think you could be suffering from digital eye strain, be aware of the signs – dry, sore, tired eyes. It may be time to make some changes and take a break from screens when possible.

2018-11-13T20:04:15+00:00 November 13th, 2018|