After prolonged activities such as driving, reading, and using a computer, the eyes habitually feel tired. While it may not be entirely possible to prevent eye fatigue, you could definitely lower the risk with the suggestions listed below. If you do not see any progress, make sure to consult an eye doctor as your eye fatigue might be a symptom of an underlying eye problem.
Tips to Prevent Eye Fatigue
1) Adjust the computer’s display setting
This tip is beneficial in lowering the risk of eye fatigue especially if you have a job that requires you to sit in front of the computer screen for long hours. Make sure that the brightness of the display is adjusted with that of the surrounding.
2) Use proper lighting
Working and/or spending time in brightly or dimly-lit spaces often causes strain on the eyes. In your home, don’t just stick to ambient lights. Instead, use low-intensity task lights to create visual comfort. Ambient lighting provides an overall illumination while task lights focus on specific areas such as desk surfaces and countertops.
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3) Minimize screen glare
The glare induced by the light reflection in your computer’s display often leads to eye fatigue. To reduce the glare, make sure there’s no bright light source in front of the computer screen. Another option is to use an anti-glare screen on top of the display.
4) Lower your screen time
Using smartphones, tablets and laptops for an extended period of time is one of the common causes of eye fatigue in both young and older adults. One effective way to lower your screen time is to use an activity tracking app that alerts you if you use your phone and/or tablet beyond the time you have set.
5) Follow the 20-20-20 rule
You increase the risk of tiring your eyes if you constantly look at something for a significant amount of time. Follow the 20-20-20 rule by looking at an object located 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. Repeat this action every 20 minutes.
6) Blink more often
Did you know that blinking keeps the eyes moist and prevents dryness? When focusing on an important task, you may not blink as frequently as you should. Whenever at work, make it a routine to slowly blink 10 times every 20 to 30 minutes to rewet the eyes.
7) Avoid wearing contact lenses for too long
Wearing contact lenses for a long period of time often causes the eye to become dry and irritated. Avoid wearing contact lenses for more than 12 to 13 hours straight. Also, make sure to take them off before going to bed.
8) Get a refraction test done
In many cases, eye fatigue is a primary symptom of refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and presbyopia (age-related loss of near vision). Getting your refractive error diagnosed through a refraction test and correcting your vision through prescribed glasses, contact lenses, or LASIK surgery could provide relief from eye strain.
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