In today's era of the ever-present computer screen, be it actual computers or tablets, smartphones and every other new device from Apple, Samsung and the like, our eyes are quickly becoming overstimulated before we've even had our morning coffee! As a matter of fact, a recent survey by The Vision Council discovered that 70% of participating adults reported symptoms of digital eye strain. What is digital eye strain? Well, common signs include red, dry, or strained eyes, along with blurry vision, headaches, and back or neck pain.
Any of these sound familiar? Fear not, we're here to help. Since we know you’re not going to stop checking Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat any time soon, here are four easy ways you can minimize eye strain:
- Reduce the Brightness of Your Computer Screen. Make sure your computer screen isn’t too bright, especially if you are often looking at it after dark. Overly bright screens can be hard on the eyes so while you’re at it, you should also consider turning up the contrast to make it easier to see even during the day.
- Increase Font Size. Big fonts aren't just for old folks - they are a great way to help make things easier on your eyes. As you've probably figured out, it's not healthy for your eyes to be constantly squinting in an attempt to decipher tiny font. In general, you should use at least 12-point font, and keep in mind that sans-serif fonts are usually the easiest ones to read on a computer screen.
- Get AR Coating on Your Glasses. If you wear glasses, make sure the lenses have anti-reflective (AR) coating. This can reduce glare. Even if you don't normally wear prescription glasses, consider getting a pair of fashion glasses with AR coating for computer viewing. Lenses that feature both AR coating and tint can increase contrast and filter out any harsh lighting making your viewing experience much easier on your eyes.
- Get Glasses with the Perfect Prescription. Making sure you have the right glasses prescription is a great way to stop any discomfort your eyes might be experiencing at the computer. Just let your eye doctor know that you are having symptoms of eye strain, and be sure to measure the distance from your eyes to your computer monitor before you go to your appointment. The proper glasses will be optimized for that distance in order to minimize eye strain. And note that even if you don’t normally wear prescription glasses, adding a slight magnification to your lenses can really help your eyes when you are at the computer!