Covid-19 has us all straining our eyes as we try to virtually connect.
Solutions to digital eye strain vary and should start with a recent exam by an eye specialist to ensure the correct glasses are prescribed. Other suggestions include positioning, taking eye breaks, controlling monitors, tasks or device light levels and glare. The following provides an example of some key strategies to reduce eye strain:
Take eye rest breaks. One rule to remember is the 20-20-20 rule. Look away at 20 feet for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. This “stretches” or moves eye muscles which can reduce eye strain.
Another method of relaxing your eye is using the technique “palming” your eyes. Slightly cup your hands and place them over your eyes so there is no pressure on your eyeballs. Rest your elbows on the surface to aid relaxation. Maintain your eyes closed and position your so no light is allowed in. Palming can be done for short or longer periods with the goal of relaxing eye muscles. More information on palming can be found at Seeing.org.
Position monitors away from windows and place a light in front of you rather than behind you, so not to reflect on the screen and a cause of glare. Glares are stressful to the eyes.