Take care of your eyes in a digital era

August 17, 2011 12:26 pm

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Try these tricks to keep your eyes healthy

Everywhere we go we now carry our digital world with us. People spend an average of 6 hours per day in front of a digital device. What does that do to our eyes? Using computers and digital gadgets all day can lead to Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) which includes blurry vision headaches dry eyes or even long term nearsightedness.Here are some tips and techniques to ease your eyes into the digital world showing you ways to cope with staring into screens all day.

  1. Adjust your Environment
    • Sit 20 to 26 inches away from the screen with the center about 4 to 6 inches below your eyes (you should be looking slightly downward).
    • Tilt your computer screen; the top should be slightly farther away from the bottom
    • Adjust the size of the text on the screen so you don’t have to squint.
    • Make sure you are using the right brightness and contrast so you don’t have to strain to see clearly.
    • For extended reading change your monitor settings to a reflective lighting scheme.


  1. Take a break

Keep to the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes take a 20 second break. Look at something that is 20 feet away.

  1. Beware of computer radiation

Extremely low radiation frequency found in computers can affect your eyesight. Flat-screen computers are more than eye-catching; they are eye-savers. LCD (liquid crystal display) screens are better on the eyes than the older CRT (cathode ray-tubes) computers.

Source: Mashable