Eye Strain Health: How to Give your Eyes a Break

screenIf you’re looking for the cause of irritated eyes, the obvious suspect may not always be the culprit. Some experts agree that the actual screen may not be what’s causing the damage. While computers have no known harmful effects on eyesight, computer users do often complain of eye-related symptoms like eye strain, headaches, fatigue and difficulty focusing. These symptoms, however, are caused not by the computer screen itself, but rather by the conditions surrounding the computer screen.

Poor lighting, improper placement of computer equipment and even computer furniture may all cause our eyes to be irritated after staring at a screen too long. Our eye muscles function like any other muscle in our body. When muscles become fatigued, the eyes may feel uncomfortable or ache and vision may start to blur.

But if your profession requires you to stare at a screen all day, there are techniques to overcome eye irritation — it’s the rule of 20. Look away from your computer at least every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

And size also matters. LCD screens can cause less eye strain than older screens and adjusting your text size for comfort can also help. Last year, scientists found that our inability to focus on smartphone screens and determine how far away the content should actually be from our eyes, is the reason why they may feel sore after texting.

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