Protect Your Eyes From Long Screen Use

With computers, smartphones, and tablets being dynamically on the move for both entertainment and business, it’s natural to spend hours in front of a screen. This, inevitably, creates a concern about eye health (especially for younger children). Besides, very often the eyes are tired or tingling, especially if you have to stay in front of […]

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Protect Your Eyes From Long Screen Use

With computers, smartphones, and tablets being dynamically on the move for both entertainment and business, it’s natural to spend hours in front of a screen. This, inevitably, creates a concern about eye health (especially for younger children). Besides, very often the eyes are tired or tingling, especially if you have to stay in front of a screen for quite a while. In addition, small eye problems such as astigmatism, or myopia, make the condition even more difficult.

Here are some tips and good practices to avoid irritation and to protect the health of your eyes. Do not forget the phrase “keep an eye on your eyes”…


It may sound strange but keeping your screen clean (with a wipe or special cleaners) reduces dulls and reflections that make your eyes tense.

Lighting and Position

Especially for the computer the correct position on the desk and space, in general, is important. After all, eye fatigue often comes from the way the sunlight or room lighting is reflected on the screen. Generally, in most offices, the lighting is much more intense than it should be. Also, if the sun is strong, you can use appropriate blinds and curtains. The prudent thing is that the screen is positioned sideways to the window, or other light sources instead of in front, or behind them.

Better Resolution

In addition, an analysis of the device’s screen plays an important role in the fatigue of the eyes. Obviously, High Definition displays are much more relaxed for the eyes due to better clarity.

Also, the type of work is also very important. Reading, image processing and gaming are usually not available for small screens such as mobile phones. It is advisable to use the appropriate screen for each operation. Generally, for work that requires detail, large screen and high-resolution monitors are not only more productive, or more practical, but more relaxing.

Change Screen Settings

A good idea is to adjust the screen settings. Some simple changes can be very cost effective. So, in general, the gray background is more friendly to your eyes than white (especially for office applications).

Regarding the brightness, although the correct setting depends on the ambient light, it is right not to set it to the maximum. On portable devices not only does the eyes tire but also exhaustion of the battery.

You can also adjust the color temperature, as blue light is the most associated with eye fatigue. So, by reducing the color temperature you reduce and the blue light emitted. Be careful not to overdo it and deform the color.

Also, with regard to the text, you can change the size through the settings. Usually, the bigger font is better. On mobile, it’s wise to carefully adjust the zoom and change the focus continuously.

Apps for Mobile and Tablets

There are many applications for Windows as well as for Android or iOS devices. For example, through a free application for f.lux laptops, you can easily optimize the color temperature setting to suit your room lighting conditions.

Another example is the “My Eyes Protection” app that tries to reduce the levels of blue light on your mobile or tablet to protect your eyes. Generally, if you are looking for, there are dozens of applications, many of which are free, that protect our eyes in a variety of ways. In just the respective stores there are keywords such as “eye protection”, or “eye protection”.

Finally, because eBooks are extremely popular nowadays, all applications like Amazon Kindle, Play Books, Perfect Viewer, and Cool Reader offer many settings for relaxed reading and eye protection, depending on the device. Thus, resolution, colors, contrast, and font are set, and there is even the possibility of changing colors for more efficient reading in a low light environment (eg a bedroom).

Distance From Screen

The distance from the screen plays an important role. The right thing is to be at least as long as your hand (about 50 to 70 cm on average) from a computer screen. Ideally, it should be positioned lower than your eye level to create a small viewing angle. Accordingly, by analogy, we do not chase and stick our face on a smartphone screen.

Relaxation and Frequent Breaks

You have to keep in mind your eyes and not get away from work or play. So, try to turn your eyelids more vigorously, make frequent breaks and use drops to hydrate the eyes (artificial tears).

Eye Exercises

In consultation with your optician or ophthalmologist you can apply various special exercises. For example, there is the “20-20-20” rule, where every 20 minutes you have to focus on an object that is 20 feet (6 meters) away for at least 20 seconds. Another exercise is to switch the observation of an object away with a nearby for 10 times focusing on each object for about 5 to 10 seconds.

Better Glasses

It’s prudent to invest economically in the glasses market with quality lenses and many and appropriate filters to make your eyes even more protected. He preferred niche shops and professionals.

Be Careful with Contact Lenses

Although contact lenses are practical and preferred for reasons of elegance, it is best to wear glasses when you are in front of computers and screens in general. Contact lenses are disadvantaged against glasses and after many hours they are tired of eyes. Indeed, over the years – even if all the hygiene rules are complied with – can lead to intolerances and other similar problems.

Often Check The Eyes

It is advisable to plan on an annual visit to your ophthalmologist for a routine checkup and check up. This need is more urgent if you already have issues with your eyes (eg myopia), or some other health issue that may affect them (such as diabetes mellitus).

Healthy Diet

Finally, healthy eating is important for the health of your eyes. Vitamins A, C and E contribute to the health of the eyes, so you should consume foods such as carrot, apple, orange, avocado, spinach, olives, almonds, salmon and tuna.

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