Text Healthier: How to Avoid Digital Eye Strain

General Ophthalmology Westborough MALet’s face it, as much as you hate to admit it; you’re always on your phone. Whether you’re looking at pics of friends and family on Instagram, checking your work email, or checking the score of the big game, it’s so easy always to be connected to your phone. And although technology has made life a lot easier in many ways, it has also resulted in many people suffering from digital related vision problems.

Do you feel like the longer you stare at your phone, computer, tablet, or TV for, the more tired you get? If so, you are likely suffering from digital eye strain which can result in a variety of different eye issues including dry eye, headaches, nearsightedness, and fatigue. But because cell phones, tablets, and other smart devices aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, it’s important that you know what you can do to protect your eyes.

Follow the 20-20-20 Rule

No, this doesn’t involve you sitting down and watching an episode of 20/20. The 20-20-20 eye strain rule encourages people to take a 20-second break from their screens, by focusing on items 20 feet away, every 20 minutes. This small break can help your eyes focus on things in the distance which prevents against eye strain, while also giving your eyes a chance to rest which can reduce things like headaches in the process.

Get Regular Eye Exams

Here at Keamy Eye & Laser Centre, we encourage all of our patients to get yearly eye examinations. By catching eye issues some as nearsightedness early on, we can get you fitted with the proper lenses so that you can text more comfortably and without an additional strain.

Text healthier by following the two simple tips listed above. To learn more about eye care tips and tricks, contact our Westborough office today and schedule an appointment!

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