We have all been spending more time than ever on our computers while working or going to school from home. Something you probably haven’t thought much about is the strain constantly looking at screens can cause your eyes. Fortunately, there are ways to shield your eyes from damage as well as some products to use while you get things done or fall down a YouTube rabbit hole online.
Medical experts advise that reducing screen time as much as possible is the best way to prevent eye strain. However, when you do have to spend some quality time with your computer, it’s recommended that you keep your screen at the same level as your eyes, according to Web Md. The site also touts the importance of good posture when sitting down at your computer.
If you have glasses but aren’t good at wearing them all the time (myself included), it’s a good idea to make sure you have them on while you’re using the computer. This way your eyes won’t have to work as hard while doing an already stressful activity. Even if you don’t need glasses or contacts, increasing the magnification on your screen if you’ll be doing a lot of reading will take the pressure off of your eyes.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests that users maintain a distance of 25 inches from their screens, as well as taking 20 minute breaks to give your eyes a chance to focus on something else.
Blue light blocking glasses can help protect your eyes from the light that emits from your electronic screens. These glasses don’t require a prescription, so those with 20/20 vision don’t have to worry about taking a trip to the optometrist to get a pair. Francesca’s has an on-trend clear frame pair for $18. Target has them as well, including this lavender pair that you can grab for $10.
Another resource you can use is a blue light screen protector, which you can slide right over your computer screen. Amazon has a variety of different blue light protection panels available, like this one by Mosiso.