Think about this for a moment. Realistically, how many times a day do you check your cell phone, your tablet, and your laptop? You may be surprised when you stop to consider how many hours a day you are looking at a screen. Society can sometimes take today’s technology for granted. Technology can be used for various tasks of differing natures, such as checking the weather forecast, downloading our favorite program, or ordering some more groceries to be delivered straight to your door. However, it is worth considering the potential damage the screen time is doing to your eyes, especially over time with no intervention. Therefore, by following a few tried and tested simple tips, you can give your eyes the TLC that they deserve. Taking preventative measures will be worth it in the long run.
The Importance of Our Eyes
No wonder your eyes get tired sometimes from looking at a screen. Eyesight is possible because light enters your eye through the pupil at the front of your eye, and is directed towards the lens, just behind your pupil. The lens in your eye bends the incoming light on to your retina, right at the back of your eye. Your retina is made up of millions of cells which transform the image you’re looking at into electrical energy, which whizzes along the optic nerve to be processed by your brain. The intricacy of how vision works just highlights how important it is to keep your eyes in a healthy condition for years to come.
Take a Break
The simplest advice for looking after your eyes is often the best. Don’t forget to take regular breaks from your screen throughout the day. Simply reminding yourself to take a look out of the window for a couple of minutes while you’re writing that essay, or pausing your TV program to fix yourself a drink and a snack will give your eyes the rest they need. If you know that you tend to get really engrossed in your favorite game, set yourself an alarm after an hour or so to pause the game and take a break. If possible, go outside to take your break so that your eyes can enjoy some natural sunlight, after being subjected to so much artificial light.
Give Your Eyes a Treat
Another simple and effective fix for your eyes is using eye drops. Go to your local pharmacy and look into sorting some eye drops. Eye drops can be useful when you feel your eyes getting dry and itchy, and your eyes will soon feel refreshed, lubricated, and bright again. Keep a bottle in your purse so that you can use your eye drops on the go and keep a bottle in the fridge at home too. You tend to blink less when looking at a screen, so remember to keep blinking – this is nature’s natural refresher for your eyes.
Try an Eyewash
If you have a little bit more time on your hands, use an eyewash to clean, refresh, and soothe tired eyes. These work by pouring a little solution into a sterile cup that forms a seal around your eye. Then you can tilt your head back and gently rock your head from side to side, and the eyewash will clear away any grittiness and leave your eyes feeling really refreshed.
How About an Eye Pillow?
For the ultimate treat, invest in an eye pillow. These small pillows are usually filled with flaxseed or linseed and are often scented with lavender. You simply lie back and place the pillow over your eyes. The pleasant scent of lavender will relax and rejuvenate you and can be used at night to help you get to sleep as well.
Use the Best Equipment
Take care of your eyes by ensuring that you use the best equipment when you’re looking at a screen. Use an anti-glare screen on your home or office computer to help to protect your eyes, and adjust the brightness of your screen when you need to. Ensure that your eyes don’t need to strain to see your screen clearly by using a good quality screen cleaner to get rid of dust, fingerprints, and dirt on your cell phone, tablet, or monitor.
Make Sure You Can See Your Keyboard
Make sure that you can see your keyboard clearly and invest in the best ergonomic keyboard tray that you can. This device can swivel, raise, and lower your keyboard until it is at the optimum position for you. This can be beneficial for your eyes as you no longer have to strain to see the keys, and your wrists will benefit as well as they will be positioned in a restful pose to use the keyboard and mouse with ease.
Make Reading on the Screen Easier
Another simple tip is to increase the font size on your computer screen to ensure that your eyes don’t need to strain to read the words. This feature can also be enabled on your cell phone to ensure you are not struggling to read the text. This may seem an excessive action but setting up preventative measures will be worth it in the long run for the health of your eyes. Simple strategies at home can also help prevent eye strain, such as ensuring you are cooking or reading in good light, as people can tend to forget that this can also negatively impact your eyes.
Consult an Expert
Finally, make sure that you visit your local optometrist for regular check-ups, ideally once a year. Your optometrist can give you a thorough eye test to check if you need glasses or contact lenses, or if your current prescription is still suitable for your needs. He or she will also be able to spot the first signs of conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, or cataracts. And, of course, your optometrist should be your first port of call if you have any problems or accidents involving your eyes.
With a good dose of self-care, you can give your eyes the TLC that they deserve.