Do you know that the average person nowadays spends more than 11 hours per day in front of a screen?
With more people working from home and interacting socially online, it is more important than ever that we protect our eye health during screen time.
Our experts at Shinagawa have some tips to help you maintain healthy vision while spending your day in front of a screen.
Have Necessary Breaks
It is widely understood that both adults and children tend to blink less when looking at screens. Set a reminder for both the adults and remote learners in your home to take a 20-20-20 break: every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away from your screen for at least 20 seconds.
Kids can also benefit from 1 or 2 longer outdoor breaks, which studies show can have a positive impact on their developing eye health.
Optimizing the Set-Up of your Devices
If you have started working remotely, you may have spent some time choosing an ergonomic desk and comfortable chair in order to get your work-from-home space as comfortable as your office. You should also pay attention to the distance that your laptop, monitor, or tablet sits from your face. This is important for youngsters who are attending school remotely. The distance between the screen and your or your child’s face should be between 20 and 24 inches. Screens that are closer to the face can cause muscle fatigue and eye strain.
Be Mindful of Vision Symptoms
Changes in vision are often gradual, so it is important to note any minor changes in eyesight or eye health. If you have little ones at home, they may not be able to communicate vision changes on their own, so stay alert and contact an eye doctor if you notice any of the following:
- Frequent rubbing of the eyes
- Squinting when looking up close or far away
- Moving objects closer or further away in order to see them
- Favoring one eye over the other
- Struggling with tasks that used to be fun or easy, such as reading
Don’t Skip Yearly Eye Exams
Your annual eye exam is important for the early detection of vision changes and eye conditions. Children who would normally be in school may be missing out on their annual vision screening, so talk to your pediatrician or family eye doctor about scheduling an appointment for them. If there are any concerns based on vision symptoms or family history, you may consider contacting a pediatric ophthalmologist who specializes in children’s vision and eye health.
Schedule your comprehensive eye check at Shinagawa and let our expert doctors save your eyes and vision!
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