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Protect Your Eye Health in the Digital Age

The relationship between digital devices and consumers is at it’s highest point and will only continue to grow. That being said, many of us are inseparable of our digital devices. We forget to consider the two devices that we are naturally equipped with that keep us closer to the world than anything else: our eyes.

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) can affect up to 90 percent of people who spend two or more continuous hours a day with their eyes glued to a screen, whether it’s a computer, an e-reader, or a smartphone. The symptoms, which can include blurry vision, headaches, dry eyes, or even long-term nearsightedness, may accrue over a period of days or months. Don’t wait until you sense something is wrong, start preventing this problem today!

One simple solution to ease your eyes is the 20-20-20 rule. Look away from your screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds and focus on a fixed point 20 feet away. Other solutions pertaining to your workspace can include:
1. Customize your environment. Use a large monitor or screen magnifier to reduce eye strain. Make sure your chair is close to your computer and you are sitting in a chair with adequate lower-back support.
2. Lighting. For extended reading change your monitor setting toss a reflective lighting scheme. Close your blinds, adjust your device’s contrast or brightness levels, or buy an inexpensive antiglare cover.
3. Reading Angle. Your eyes focus best when looking downward, adjust your screen so you look at it slightly downward and are about 24 to 28 inches away. The center should be about 4-6 inches below your eyes.
4. Magnify Text. Magnifying the text and images on your device will help you avoid straining your eyes from squinting.
5. Blink and Break. Devices are set up to increase productivity - but you aren’t a machine. You need breaks to recharge and relax, and so do your eyes. Practice the 20-20-20 rule to help with breaks. Blinking washes your eyes in naturally therapeutic tears.

These tips will help prevent CVS from occurring in your eye-site without breaking the relationship with your digital device(s). Protect your natural equipment. Remember - “When in doubt, blink it out”.

Sources: womenshealthmag.com, mashable.com, eyehealthvision.com