Screening the Screen: Tips to Prevent Strain on your Eyes

The Covid pandemic has made us shut ourselves in our homes for the most extended periods now. Luckily for us, humans have the power to adapt themselves to any adversity. Our jobs, classes, and schedules quickly shifted online, and we could make some sense of the circumstances thrust upon us.

Unfortunately, online learning can mean staring at screens all day long and can leave you squinting harder than you ever have when you next visit the optometrist. Too much exposure to the screen can cause you to experience dry eyes, blurred vision, and worsened near-sightedness. You can follow these simple methods suggested by CFS Vision to retain your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy during and after your online study session.

Adjust your screen display.

It is crucial to have the brightness of your screen adjusted to an optimal level, and the best way to ensure that would be to keep the screen as bright as your work environment. Take a look at the white backdrop of your page to see how you can do it - it's too bright if it appears to be a light source in the room and too dark if it looks grey and dull.

Magnify the documents you are viewing.

Zoom in on the pages you're looking at to make them suit your screen. Use a second monitor, if possible, to spread out the sites evenly. Make the text on your phone huge and bold by changing the font. These changes can help you lessen the amount of strain on your eyes.

A helpful tip would be to keep the text three times the smallest size you can read from a normal viewing position, 20 to 30 inches from your monitor. When it comes to colour combinations, your eyes prefer black text on a white or slightly yellow background; therefore, keep the text in a contrasting colour to the screen.

Follow the 20-20-20 rule

This rule of thumb, coined by Dr Jeff Anshel in 1991, proves to be life-saving in times of pandemic. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break from your screen and focus on a fixed location 20 feet away. You can set alarms if it is difficult for you to take time off between your classes or put up a poster of your favourite K-pop boy as an added incentive. At Centre For Sight hospitals, our eye doctors focus on comprehensive eye care.

Take care of your diet and lifestyle

Our lifestyle choices like sedentary life, inclination to junk food, etc., are significant reasons for many illnesses. It is essential to take care of our daily habits to ensure that these habits do not further impact our health, including our eyes. Ensure a healthy diet by including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fish.

Apart from this, it is also essential to stay hydrated. Not only does this prevent you from getting dry eyes and dark circles, but it will also help you stay energized and increase your productivity.

Lastly, one of the easiest ways to rest your eyes is to keep them closed; ensure that you get a total of 7 to 9 hours of sleep every day. Even though the going gets tough, a little personal care can go a long way.

If you are struggling with persisting eye problems, then consult an eye specialist who has a reputation for complete eye care solutions. CFS Vision offers holistic eye care under one roof, from quality eye-wear to world-class eye-care and many more. With 45+ CFS Vision stores across India, it’s bringing eye care to your doorstep with Vision on Wheels and teleconsultation and delivery of eyewear and prescription. Not just this, our Centre For Sight eye hospitals provide exceptional eye treatment across 50 centres in India.