Your eyes can most likely take some beating during your quarantine period.
Between working from home, attending virtual school, shopping online, and trying to stay sane with streaming and video games, most people are staring at computers and devices more than ever.
According to studies, an average person spends more than 14 hours per day looking at screens during quarantine, a significantly big jump from the old norm.
Excessive exposure to digital screens makes one prone to eye strain.
Digital-related eye strain is marked by symptoms that can include dry, achy, or even painful eyes; blurry vision; burning, stinging or redness; watery eyes or the sensation of having sand or another foreign body on the surface.
Still, here are some ways to help soothe your eyes and brighten your vision:
Set Your Screens Properly
Make sure you’re looking level or slightly down at your cellphone or computer screen.
If your screen is too high, looking up will make you feel tired and might make the eyes dry out more easily. When you look up, your eyes are more wide open
Blinking distributes tears all over the surface of the eye. But looking at something intently leads to less blinking, which means you’re not re-moisturizing your eyes as frequently. Vision that changes with blink is almost always due to dry eye.
Take A Needed 20-20-20 Break
Every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
It’s a bit like getting up and stretching — except this is stretching the little eye muscles that are working hard to help you to focus on something close up. Switching your focus to a point farther away lets them relax.
Use Artificial Tears When Necessary
Eye drops make you blink when you put them in and they add moisture. This prevents dry eyes.
You can use preservative-free artificial tears as often as you like, but if you need the drops more than five times a day, consult an eye doctor to figure out if there’s a problem.
See An Eye Doctor As Soon As You Can
Still, the best way to keep your eyesight in check is to see a doctor for a needed eye check-up once you can.
If you’re experiencing some eye issues, you are more than welcome to have your eyes checked in our clinics.
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