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May 06, 2015






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"Digital eye strain"- How to prevent and soothe the ache?

A recent study from the Vision Council suggests that 68% of millennials report suffering from the effects of what is known as "digital eye strain."

A mix of factors lead to digital eye strain, but the crux is that staring at a glowing display (be it a computer monitor, laptop screen, television, tablet or phone) for long periods is unnatural. Worse, small print and blurry images may cause you to strain in order to focus. You blink less when looking at a screen, which can lead to dryness or irritation in eyes.

The symptoms of digital eye strain include uncomfortable eyes that are red, dry or irritated, eye fatigue, blurry vision, watery eyes and headaches.

It''s time to take care of your eyes. Here is some easy steps for you.

1. Keep Screens at a Distance

According to a 2011 paper published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science, people on average hold smartphones about 14 inches away when reading and sometimes as close as seven inches. Indeed, experts recommend that you keep your eyes at least an arm’s length from a computer screen and 16 inches from a handheld device. Position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. This allows you to look slightly down at the screen. Finally, try to avoid glare on your computer from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.

2. Take Blinking Breaks

Using the 20/20/20 rule when staring at a screen: Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds so you can blink naturally and give your eyes time to relax. If you suffer from chronically dry eyes, try using a laptop instead of a desktop computer. When you’re looking down at a laptop, less eye surface is exposed and there’s less tear evaporation and your eyes stay more moist.

3. Wear Sunglasses

The right kind of sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure makes you more likely to get cataracts and macular degeneration.

4. Try a Seafood Diet

Omega-3 fatty acids can bolster heart and brain health, moreover they can also decrease your risk of eye disease.  “Fish oils and fish-oil supplements are loaded with antioxidants that help prevent the damage from free radicals that can cause diseases like AMD”

5. Go for the Greens

Researchers from the University of Georgia in Athens discovered that leafy green vegetables, such as broccoli, zucchini, peas, and Brussels sprouts, may improve vision by reducing the stressful effects of glare and exposure to bright light, because they help absorb some of that light.

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