Many people spend a lot of time in front of computers for the majority of their working time. At home, we may also spend time relaxing in front of the TV or watching a movie on a tablet.
Extended periods of our lives can be spent in front of a computer which may lead to dry, tired and irritated eyes.
In this article, we take a look at how to take our eyes ‘off’ the screen, to give them a break and help keep them a little healthier.
Reducing screen time day-to-day
Reducing the amount of time looking at a computer screen can be as simple as taking a few seconds looking away, either out of the window, or just in talking to a colleague in the office could help.
If your eyes are feeling dry, then applying Optrex ActiMist Eye Spray for Dry and Irritated eyes* can help provide relief for up to four hours.
Aside from the length of time spent looking at a screen, the height of the screen could also be affecting your eyes. It is generally recommended that screens should be set at eye level, so you shouldn’t be lowering or raising your eyes to look at the screen. Try raising your screen height by adjusting the stand if you can. Make sure the light around you is at an adequate level, too bright and light could reflect off the screen, potentially leading to eye strain or headaches - too dim and you could have difficulty focusing. Another idea might be to consider screen brightness. Your screen should match the same light level as that around you.
Regular eye breaks
Rest your eyes while working at a computer by regularly looking at a distant object such as out of the window, for a period of ten seconds can benefit your eyes. Post-it notes reminding you to blink, look away, or move away from the computer could also help, and (if possible) take some time out of a lunch break, to get out of the office and walk around.
If symptoms of dry eyes persist; visit your GP, pharmacist or optician to discuss your particular ailments and further options of treatment.
* Dry & irritated eyes due to disturbed lipid layer of the tear film causes approx. 80% of dry eye cases