Thanks to our televisions, computers and smartphones, many of us are exposed to blue light more often than ever before, and that can have consequences for our eyes. If you had a chance to read our last blog, then you already know what blue light is and how it can affect your eyes and brain. Today, we’ll be going over a few of the things you can do to protect yourself from the effects of blue light exposure.
Follow the 20-20-20 rule to fight against digital eye strain.
Although the effects of blue light are still being researched, one thing is abundantly clear — it plays a role in digital eye strain. And, to add insult to injury, when you’re staring at a screen, the inclination is to naturally blink less. This, combined with blue light and other factors, leads to burning, itchy or dry eyes, which is called digital eye strain.
One of the best ways to fight digital eye strain doesn’t involve investing in pricey glasses or even adjusting the brightness on your screen; it simply involves taking frequent breaks throughout the day. The 20-20-20 rule says that you should look away from your computer screen, focusing on something at least 20 feet away, for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
Protecting your eyes from blue light exposure
Following the 20-20-20 rule is an excellent start for reducing your risk for digital eye strains. But, there are a few other things you can do to combat digital eye strain and the other effects of blue light exposure, including:
- Adjust your workspace – Make sure that your computer is just below your eye level when sitting up straight, and is an arm’s length away. This will help to promote good posture and prevent you from getting up close and personal with your screen.
- Try orange-tinted glasses or screen protectors – These glasses help to filter out the blue light from the many screens in your life. Screen protectors help to accomplish the same goal and you don’t have to wear them.
- Use an app on your phone – Smartphones offer applications that help to eliminate the blue light emitted from the screen. Redshift, F.lux, Sunset Screen and Iris are just a few of these apps.
- Increase the text size – Prevent the need for getting too close to your screen by making it easier to read. One of the best ways to do this is by increasing the size of the text.
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We hope that this blog has given you some helpful tips for protecting your eyes from digital eye strain and the other effects of constant exposure to blue light from smartphones, TVs, computer screens and more; however, if you’re still concerned, don’t hesitate to schedule your appointment with us at Spectrum Eye Care for your eye examination. We can ensure that your eyes are healthy, and give you helpful advice and information on how to keep them healthy moving forward. We look forward to becoming your eye health partner! Contact us today to get started.