In honor of March’s designation as Workplace Eye Wellness Month by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, here are a few tips on how to avoid digital eye strain:
- Make taking breaks a habit. Practice the 20-20-20 rule. Set a timer on your phone or watch to remind you to look 20 feet away every 20 minutes for 20 seconds. This can be as simple as looking away from your computer screen or out the window, or you can simply shut your eyes for 20 seconds.
- Practice eye ergonomics. Sit 18 to 25 inches away from your computer screen — about arm’s length. Adjust screen brightness and contrast so that it feels comfortable. Also, position the screen so your eyes gaze slightly downward, not straight ahead or up.
- Use artificial tears. Eye drops can help keep your eyes moist and relieve dry eye discomfort. These are available over the counter without a prescription.