Nowadays we spend more and more time looking at a computer screen – both at work and at home. While this may affect our eyes, there are ways to alleviate it.
Electronic devices with visual displays can cause strain on our eyes.
It is said that approximately 7 out of 10 people suffer from symptoms of digital eye strain. These symptoms, which are caused by computer use, can include:
- Tired eyes
- Dry eyes
- Burning eyes
- Difficulty falling asleep or light sleep
- Neck or shoulder pain
There are two major causes of digital eye strain:
- Prolonged focusing at near distances
- Blue light emitted from digital devices
Luckily, there’s a simple solution that will allow your eyes to relax, giving you a more pleasant screen experience overall.
Nikon has created special lenses designed to address these causes of strain and make computer and digital screen use more comfortable. They cut part of the blue light emitted by the screen, and help the eye focus more efficiently.
In addition to wearing special lenses, these easy steps will help ensure that you reduce the risk of suffering from digital eye strain:
1. Make sure your eyes are well corrected.
Digital eye strain can indicate that your vision is not properly corrected. Visiting an eye care professional for a routine eye exam is the most important thing you can do to prevent computer vision problems.
2. Use proper lighting.
Eye strain is often caused by an imbalance between the computer screen light and ambient lighting. Avoid excessively bright light coming in through windows or from indoor lighting. Take time to understand the settings of your computer display, and adjust them to the most comfortable position for your eyes.
3. Take frequent breaks.
Digital eye strain is more likely to happen as a result of extended periods of computer or smartphone use. Taking several five-minute breaks from your computer during the workday or limiting your smartphone use in the evening can help alleviate the strain.